cloth, 128 pp., $24.95
Interested in art from childhood, Mary Ann Scott sought improvement in these skills through classes, apprenticeship in a famous porcelain factory, and finally through a correspondence course in botanical art. This book sets forth her progress in painting botanical subjects over a short period of time; the critique of each lesson by a mentor provides a learning experience for both the artist and readers. Her assignments ranged from the fundamentals, such as drawing individual leaves and flowers, to more complicated depictions in an extensive portfolio of different subjects from roots to floral display.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden