In general, we either tend to be plant people or animal people. Sometimes, the more holistic and evolved among us, are both. Artist Ann Marshall, in her Biophilia series, has surrounded some magical looking animals with some mystically lit plants, collectively resulting in something much more. In addition, she produced some detailed botanical work as a way to reconnect with her creativity. She tells us about her process for this art.
This series images began during an artistic dry spell and somewhat difficult personal period. I wanted to wipe the slate clean and start again. Long walks and time outdoors rekindled an interest in the natural world (I spent a lot of time outdoors as a child, but when I moved to the city I lost touch when a busy and somewhat self-obsessed adult like took over). I found when I was still and just watched the world around me, I began to notice all sorts of remarkable and beautiful things.
Feeling a little rusty skill-wise and with only a very tiny place to work, I started small. I would look for beautiful things while I was out and would carry them home to draw. I found the work had a much needed meditative quality to it and I just followed it.