George Olson (1936-)

Common fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)

Watercolour and pencil on paper, 560 x 450 mm.

Born in Michigan, George Olson is a much-respected American artist who has often visited London to see and use the art collections of this museum and to carefully observe the plants within the gardens at Kew and the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Olson taught botanical art to students at the College of Wooster in Ohio from 1963 until his retirement in the 1990's, whilst developing his own unique style of illustration, often depicting his favourite tallgrass prairie plants, which have been so fundamental to his life's work.

 

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