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Artist's Reception
Thursday, September 21

Framed and unframed artwork is available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Library

Art Exhibit

Kristin Jakob:
Botanical Illustration Retrospective

September–December 2017

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture presents Kristin Jakob: Botanical Illustration Retrospective, a unique exhibit by award-winning botanical artist Kristin Jakob.

About the Artist

Displaying the meticulous art and a glimpse into the admirable life of a well-known local botanical artist and native plant enthusiast, this exhibit traces Kristin's artistic journey from talented middle school artist to award-winning botanical illustrator. The exhibit features book, magazine, scientific journal and poster illustrations, various commercial and private commissions, and a selection from her self-published line of botanical prints.

From early childhood on, growing up on the flanks of Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, Kristin Jakob was entranced by the natural world surrounding her, and using her talent for drawing, began to render animals. Introduced at the age of twelve to native plants, Kristin's parents joined the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), and her interest in natural history found a new focus.

Her first published drawings appearance in CNPS newsletters and journals led to a commission to illustrate a book on poisonous plants of the world and launched her into a career in botanical illustration. A course of study at London's Royal College of Art followed, along with commercial packaging design and more book and periodical illustration jobs.

Upon returning to California, Kristin was commissioned by CNPS to paint California native plants for the poster "Wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada", and more recently, a series of posters/placemats depicting California grasses. Another major project was to produce all the pen & ink illustrations for the UC Press book Wild Lilies, Irises and Grasses; Gardening with California Monocots. She frequently undertakes illustration work for scientific botanical periodicals, and has an extensive line of self-published prints and greeting cards.

Kristin's art has been widely exhibited; at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Vincent Square shows in London, in solo and group exhibitions at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, at Filoli estate, and in numerous other venues.

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