Julie Allecta
Patricia Anderson
Nina Antze
Lynn Ashby
Beatrice Bergemont
Bonnie Bonner
Janice Byer
Alice Cassman
Ruth Cox
Catherine Dellor
Mary Gilardi
Pria Graves
Mary L. Harden
Nancy Jacobson
Kristin Jakob
Eliza K. Jewett
Linda Kam
Martha Kemp
Nancy Wheeler Klippert
Victoria Kochergin
Nadia Le Bon
Tina Locke
Susan Lofthouse-Meade
Cynthia Byrne-Margetts
Lucy Martin
Lee McCaffree
Jill Petersen
Sally Kneeland Petru
Elizabeth Peyton
Vi Strain
Marilyn Danny Swanson
Barbara Coats Ward
Catherine M. Watters

Vi Strain

Art has been a constant interest in my life and early years in Wyoming and Montana gave me a deep appreciation of the beauty and complexity of the natural world.

A scholarship to Montana State University enabled me to study fine art mediums, participate in gallery shows and prepare artwork for use in advertising University functions. I also studied technical drawing, illustration and commercial art.

In California, I continued my affinity for observing nature and became involved in a myriad of other interests while continuing to work in positions using my art degree.
A graphic illustration position led to an interest in city planning and I graduated from the University of San Francisco in that field. For the next thirty years I progressed and held city management and department head positions.

It was not until retiring as Community Development Director for the City of Novato and moving to Sonoma County, that I began to focus on art again. I started drawing and began studying with Nina Antze in Sebastopol CA.

In botanical art, I find enjoyment in striving to depict the wonders of plant life. I use colored pencils primarily on a mylar surface (Duralar). This combination allows for detailed work with color richness and a translucent appearance.


Vi Strain