Armed with tall waders and her trusty canoe, botanical artist Becky Davis combs the coves and creeks of her native South Carolina to find the remarkable array of plants that make up her beautifully preserved specimens. In between forest forays and close encounters with alligators, we caught up with Becky to learn how her living artwork goes from waterway to wall.
terrain: How did you get started in making botanical artwork?
Becky: I’m entirely self-taught, and I started out with a two-week job as a floral designer for a beach club on Kiawah Island, on the South Carolina Coast. Those two weeks turned into a ten-year career designing arrangements for the club with wild, natural materials. While I was working there, I spent my free time developing my botanical skills, and in 2006 I decided to focus on making botanical specimens full-time. I set up a studio in my childhood home and started exploring the local area for specimens.