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Mary Crabtree

Artist in Residence

Mary is retired from a 30-year career as a research virologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins. In addition to her working career,

 she has always enjoyed artistic endeavors including pottery, stained glass, and fiber arts such as quilting, needlework and weaving. 


In 2017 Mary had the opportunity to take a drawing class at the Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG), School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Having never drawn before she was surprised to find that drawing skills can be learned and was immediately hooked.


 Botanical art combines the design and color elements of other forms of two-dimensional art with the science of botany and the study of nature. It requires an attention to detail that fits well with Mary’s scientific and artistic backgrounds. 


Mary has nearly completed the requirements to qualify for the Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration at DBG, has had her work included in two exhibitions, one at DBG in November 2019 and one ongoing at the UC Boulder Museum of Natural History, and has sold two illustrations to Denver Mountain Parks Division for use in interpretive signs and publications.