The Naturalist's Studio is the name of a class begun as Botanical Drawing in 2004 which then morphed to Botanical Painting and Drawing in early 2005. I was an active wild bird rehabilitator at that time so with spring came baby birds in my care followed by my passion for caterpillars, butterflies and moths. The students began bringing plants, shells, bones etc....... and The Naturalist's Studio was born. It is a group united by mutual love of art and nature and is characterized by humor, support and kindness. In this blog I hope to introduce some of the artist's in class through brief bios. and images of their work as well as my own. I will also post personal and shared experiences related to nature and art in our part of northwest Connecticut. I will probably post a lot of bluebird pictures because they feed on mealworms on the deck railing of my studio and help make winter bearable for me. Please comment or question at any time. The work above is a collaboration - my egg tempera painting of a young blue jay and Mary Hawvermale's magic addition of natural objects around the border.