The remarkable diversity of California’s native plant and animal species was celebrated in The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration,
at the Oakland Museum of California. The triennial juried exhibition
showcased the centuries-old craft of botanical and wildlife
illustration, rendered in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, oil,
acrylic, pastels, graphite, textiles, and sculpture.
The Art of Seeing
demonstrates that high-quality scientific illustration and wildlife art
can bring California species to life in a new way for the observer as
seen through the artist’s eye. Biological illustration can also provide
more clarity to plant and animal anatomy than photography. The exhibition
also revealed the techniques of biological illustration by presenting
the artists’ reference materials, tools, and field sketches.