Printmaker and botanical illustrator Bobbi Angell lives deep in the hill of southern Vermont, surrounded by rambling lush gardens. She began her career with a botany degree from University of Vermont in 1978 and has been drawing, and growing, plants ever since.
In recent years Bobbi has been enjoying the intricate art of copper etching. Printmaking allows natural extensions of her compositional style with an enhanced focus on fine detail. Her graceful designs are drawn on to a ground on a copper plate, etched with acid, and hand printed in small editions. A select few are individually colored tinted with watercolor. Each image reflects a personal involvement with the plant subject, whether observed in the wild or selected from the rich diversity of her extensive garden. Rare and uncommon plants including orchids, fritillaries, and tropical vines find their way onto her copper plates where they are each given a distinct personality.
A member of American Society of Botanical artists and New England Society of Botanical Artists, Bobbi exhibits in juries shows around the country, and her prints have been displayed at garden events hosted by Massachusetts Horticulture Society, North Hill, Hollister House, Perennial Yours and Trade Secrets. She is represented by Powers gallery in Acton, MA and Gallery Wright in Wilmington, VT.
Throughout her career, Bobbi’s focus has been to illustrate scholarly texts with pen and ink drawings created expressly for recognition and identification of individual plant species. Working in close collaboration with scientists from the new York Botanical Garden and other scientific institutions around the world, she uses her botanical training, keen observational skills and artistic sensibilities to create exquisitely detailed illustrations. Her images, created from herbarium specimens, pickled flowers, photographs and field sketches, are scientifically precise and beautifully composed. Magnified details, as observed under a microscope, provide intimate views of beauty that often escapes the naked eye.
Bobbi’s ink drawings compliment the pages of scholarly texts including Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles, International Flora, Vines of Puerto Rico, and Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana, with several thousand species illustrated, many new to science. She has reached a popular audience through John Scheepers Kitchen Garden see catalog, The New York Times garden column and its compilation books, and popular memoirs Our Life in Garden and To Eat by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd. A Botanist’s Vocabulary, coauthored with Dr. Susan Pell, published in 2016.