EXHIBIT ITEM 113
Arizona rose mallow
© 2011 Cherie Ann Gossett
Watercolor on Watercolor Paper
The undersides of the distinctive lobed leaves and flower bracts of the Arizona rose mallow are covered in tiny bristles, which the artist can attest cause skin irritation. This hibiscus can be used as a drought tolerant ornamental in landscapes, where it blooms in the summer and fall. This painting was created from a seedling of a specimen purchased from a native plant nursery in Tucson.
As a freelance botanical artist, Cherie Ann Gossett specializes in portraits of plants native to Western North America and arid regions. Cherie likes to explore the outdoors, identifying and studying native plants. As a landscape designer, she is particularly fond of native plant subjects that can be planted successfully in ornamental landscapes. And as a horticulture enthusiast, her paintings often convey the plant from bud to flower to fruit, with as great accuracy as possible.
Cherie comes to botanical art with a diverse professional background in architecture, planning, and floral design. In 2002-03 she attended the Botanical Art Institute of San Diego, and subsequently displayed work at a number of ASBA juried exhibitions and other shows, including the upcoming 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Cherie maintains a studio in SaddleBrooke, Arizona.