A retired school teacher from England and Mendocino recently held an Artist Reception at the Colusa County Arts Council Gallery on Thursday, May 7, 2015.
Rita Davies showcased her mix of pastel, watercolors, and colored pencil Botanical Artwork for Colusa County residents.
“I have loved art all my life,” said Davies, “I took botanical art classes about seven years ago and have begun expanding my mediums.”
While the main goal of botanical illustrations is not art, but scientific accuracy.
“Traditional botanical art must portray a plant with precision and a high level of detail,” said Davies, “but I have recently been exaggerating my pieces and changing things up.”
One of Davies’ favorite pieces is the hazelnuts as it reminds her of her life in England.
“The young boys would play with hazelnuts, smashing them together, and the goal was to have your nut survive to be the winner,” said Davies, “it brings back many memories.”
Also featured during the reception was Marilyn Marsh, who was unable to attend.
“I have always loved to draw and paint, but I put it aside for many years while working and raising my two wonderful children,” said Marsh, “however, botanical drawing is like my practice of Tai Chi, it’s a form of meditation in motion, grounding and calming.”
Marsh creates her botanical works with watercolors, graphite, and acrylics.
Community member and Colusa County Master Gardener, Gerry Hernandez admired a piece that featured ‘Hot Pokers’.
“It reminds me of my childhood,” said Hernandez, “I grew up in the Bay area, and we were surrounded by hot pokers. They are also a very drought friendly plant.”
The artists’ work will continue to be featured at the Colusa County Arts Gallery through the end of may. The Colusa County Arts Gallery is located at 430 Market Street in Colusa and is open, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 2PM and Saturday, 11AM to 3PM. <