Presenter Bios

Margaret Best

Margaret Best
Margaret graduated and taught art in Cape Town before immigrating to Canada. Since 2006 she has taught botanical art in over 10 countries. She teaches programs in Dundas Valley School of Art (Ontario), Calgary, and Bermuda regularly. Her work has been exhibited in numerous ASBA exhibitions and is held in the Hunt Institute, Kew Library and private collections.  www.bestbotanical.com

 

Kathryn Chorney

Kathryn Chorney
For this workshop, Kathryn ‘draws’ upon her 14 years as a full-time Illustration professor, and her personal artistic investigations of botanical subject matter. Kathryn looks forward to sharing a day of exploration, discovery, and capturing the beauties of nature in art. Her personal gallery can be seen at www.kathrynchorney.com .

 

Emily Damstra

Emily Damstra
Through her work as a natural science illustrator, Emily explores the diverse subjects of zoology, botany, anthropology, ecology, and paleontology as she helps her clients communicate messages about the natural world. Her illustrations may be seen on interpretive signs in museums, zoos, and natural areas and in many different publications.  www.emilydamstra.com

 

Jennifer Doubt

Jennifer Doubt
As Botany Curator at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Jennifer Doubt leads the development, preservation and sharing of the National Herbarium: a huge public archive of wild plants, lichens and algae, collected since 1766. Jennifer is also a bryophyte (e.g., moss) expert and serves on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).  

 

Dr. Lynn Gillespie

Dr. Lynn Gillespie
Lynn Gillespie is a Research Scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants, especially grasses, spurges and Arctic plants. She has conducted fieldwork around the world, including South America, Asia, Madagascar, Australia, and the Canadian Arctic.  

 

M.A. Jackson-Hughes

Mary Anne Jackson-Hughes
Mary Anne started her landscape design, installation and maintenance company in 1982, retiring in 2016. With a BSc and a Horticulture diploma, Mary Anne joined the faculty of Applied Horticulture and Design in 1990, teaching science courses such as botany, soils, entomology and pathology, along with courses in herbaceous plants, woody plants in class and many other special interest online courses.

 

Marcel Jomphe

Marcel Jomphe
Over the last 40 years, Marcel Jomphe has illustrated plants, fungi, bryophytes, lichens and others for the Canadian Museum of Nature, Laval University Herbarium and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He has shown with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and Canadian Museum of Nature.  www.marceljomphe.com

 

Michael Runtz

Michael Runtz
An avid naturalist since the age of five, Michael has worked as an interpretive naturalist in Algonquin Provincial and Point Pelee National parks, hosted the internationally broadcast series Wild by Nature, authored and illustrated with his photographs 11 natural history books, and written more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine natural history articles.

 

Myra Sourkes

Myra Sourkes
Myra is a neurologist.  Botanical art is her hobby and she has won awards in Botanical Artists of Canada exhibitions and at Filoli.  She was a Board member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (2011-2017).  She has collected and edited artists’ statements for ASBA exhibitions since 2012.

 

Pamela Stagg © Marilyn Sprissler

Pamela Stagg
Pamela is one of Canada’s top botanical artists, an internationally acclaimed painter who taught a generation of Canadian artists. Her work has been seen around the world. Yet she’s more than a painter. She’s explored the Yukon in a kayak, taught bird identification and now hosts a popular radio program. 

 

Kerri Weller

Kerri Weller
Kerri is a contemporary botanical artist, specializing in realistic, classical paintings of the plant world. Her paintings have been juried into numerous international exhibitions. She has established botanical art in Ottawa, through her classes at Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Ottawa School of Art. Her mantra: Drawing is the foundation of great painting!  www.kerriweller.ca