Yucca baccata x Yucca elata - artist sally boyle

This wonderful watercolor by artist Sally Boyle was painted from an herbarium specimen collected in 2001 by Wendy Hodgson on the Grand Canyon National Park’s Bright Angel Trail (Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium Voucher 13998).

Sally’s hybrid yucca was exhibited in 2012 at the Tempe Public Library’s juried exhibit Indigenous Botanicals of Arizona that was organized by the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists (the state chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists).

Sally Boyle is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Masters in Art and has taught Art and Art History for days beyond counting. She has spent several years living and working in South America, where she and her husband create documentaries based on women’s stories. She is passionate about botanical illustration, art history, and painting.

Sally loves how plants reveal themselves, slowly, yet systematically, ultimately exposing all of their secrets (OK, maybe they keep one or two hidden).

The complete exhibit, Indigenous Botanicals of Arizona, can be seen here.


This appeared in the February 2013 issue of The Desert Breeze, the monthly newsletter of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.