In the Studio with Marilla Palmer

Why gardening is essential to her watercolor paintings
May 11, 2020

Marilla Palmer is an artist and gardener, and once her plants bloom, she presses them directly onto her watercolor paintings. Her beautiful botanical renderings find a balance between artifice and nature. 


“I grow these plants before I make the cuttings and try to render them in watercolor, but nothing is more beautiful than the actual pressed flowers. This tree of life is filled with swaying, cosmic energy, and there’s rich symbolism in the flowers and the tree of life. I find in the pandemic that I’m more interested in nature, history, and continuity.”