Matilija Poppy (1976), Beth Van Hoesen. Aquatint, drypoint.
Beth was a San Francisco Bay Area artist, and a family friend whose art I became quite familiar with as a child. We often visited her studio (where my mother worked), which was an old San Francisco firehouse, complete with a fire pole that ran right through the middle of all three stories of the home she shared with her husband, Mark Adams, another renowned Bay Area artist. It is no wonder then, my endless fascination with botanical illustrations, as these images have been passing before me for several decades now.