Lanis Monfried

Since my early childhood in Maine, drawing has been as natural to me as breathing. I have made realistic sketches of flowers and animals for as long as I can remember, so it follows that this early inclination, coupled with my love of gardening, has led me to pursue botanical art as a vocation.

I paint flowers with an eye to scientific accuracy, but also with joy and grace, always trying to capture the essense of the plant. I begin the process with detailed sketches made from study of the live plant. I then select the best views and compose a plant portrait. I work primarily in watercolor, gouache or colored pencil. My best inspiration comes from observing the growth and habits of the plants in my own garden.

My art education includes extensive studies in the Botanical Art certificate program at the New York Botanical Garden. I have also taken courses in traditional Japanese woodblock printing while living in Tokyo, Japan


15 Stone Fence Rd., Allendale, NJ 07401