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"America’s most compelling botanical illustrators are artists first, and scientists second. I have been influenced by wood engravings by Paul Landacre (A Natural History of Western Trees), and by watercolor illustrations by Eugene Otto Murman (Conifers of California). These artists give us the trees, their foliage, and their cones – but they also give us the trees’ home, their very way of being.

I am engaged with pine trees that grow at or near timberline, in the Sierra Nevada and White Mountain Ranges of Eastern California. I accurately draw the geometric form of each specific tree – but I also reveal how it grows, and where, how cold the wind is, and how many hundreds or thousands of years the tree has been alive."

Valerie P. Cohen - Paintings
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