Flower Power: Desert Botanicals

June 8 - October 20, 2019

For Arizona locals brave enough to withstand the summer heat, the desert rewards us with a spectrum of color. From subtle grasses to stately saguaros, the desert is awash in color. “Flower Power: Desert Botanicals” highlights the beauty and bounty of the desert, illustrated by Arizona artists and artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection.


Featured artists include:

Dyana Hesson – Hesson is an oil painter who finds inspiration in long hikes in the desert and mountains and in botanical gardens across the country. Her work can be found in the public collections of the Barrow Neurological Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Phoenix, AZ), Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum, and the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. She’s been featured in publications including Phoenix Home and Garden, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and Western Art Collector. dyanahesson.com

Jeanne Bonine – Bonine is known as a Romantic Realist for her soft and lush floral paintings. Her larger than life watercolors and oils draw you into the essence of her subjects. Her paintings are owned by collectors from across the United States as well as Canada, England, Germany, France, Italy Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Japan, Africa and the Netherlands. Her “Angel by my Side” hangs in the permanent collection of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Naivasha, Kenya. jeannebonine.com

Beth Zink – Bold imaginative color and attention to detail are hallmarks of Beth’s recognizable painting style. Captivated by the uniqueness of the Sonoran Desert, she is drawn to interpret its dynamic beauty in her vibrant contemporary botanical paintings. Beth is licensed by Leanin’ Tree, Saga Card, and Frame My TV. Her paintings hang in numerous corporate and private art collections. She has work in Honor Health Thompson Peak Hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar, CA, Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, and many more. Her work has been featured in many art and lifestyle publications, including Phoenix Home & Garden, Phoenix Magazine, Southwest Art, The Chicago Tribune, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Images Magazine, and others. bethzinkart.com

Sheila Kollasch – Kollasch is a native of the Sonoran Desert and has been involved in the fine art community of Arizona her entire life. She has shown in galleries and competitions since the mid-1970s. She had a solo exhibition at the Mesa Southwest Museum in 2002 and her work can be found in public and private collections that include Central Arizona College, McDonald’s Corporation, Arizona Museum of Natural History, Phoenix Airport Museum, and Paradise Valley Community College. skollasch.com

Matilda Essig – After 10 years of working in natural science illustration in the Sonoran Desert, Essig returned to her fine art roots, using digital imaging technology to explore the subtle diversity of open space in the American West. Inspired by the beauty of grasslands and her experiences in traditional illustration, she portrays her subjects with finely detailed prints. Her clientele has included Dr. Jane Goodall, National Geographic, the US Department of the Interior and Oxford University Press, among others. She lives on five acres of grassland that she restored in southeast Arizona, where she keeps a traditional painting studio as well. matildaessig.com



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