My approach to art has evolved from my life long training in the natural sciences. As a biologist for over 40 years I have been enthralled by the diversity and complexity of living organisms and was compelled to capture their inherent beauty and ephemeral nature in a tangible form.
I began by sketching and painting plants in a depictive fashion using details from my scientific background but soon realized that I wanted to shift to a more fluid and expressive treatment. Recently, I have strived to develop an interpretive and painterly style. My goal is to combine the accuracy of the scientific representation with a more artistic approach. I hope that my paintings will convey the excitement and sense of wonder I experience every day when looking at the life that surrounds me.
About the Artwork
Martine Villalard-Bohnsack is a retired professor Emerita of Biology. She has authored a variety of research articles on marine algae and is the author and illustrator of an identification guide “The Illustrated Key to the Seaweeds of New England.” From 2003 to 2005 she studied Biological Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Since 2005, she has been enrolled in various classes at the Sharon Art Center in Sharon, NH and in Drawing and Painting classes with art instructor Evelien Bachrach. Her favorite subjects are plants, which she portrays primarily in watercolors, pastels or color pencils.
Martine currently resides in Francestown, NH with her husband and cats.