Gretchen Halpert is intrigued by connections, and how one structure attaches to, or influences, another. Smilax herbacea (front) is the result of walking into her backyard and becoming fascinated with its twisting vines, attachments, and tendrils, unfolding buds, and developing flowers and fruits. She followed this plant’s development from May to October, sketching, researching, learning, and bringing portions into the studio to draw from life. That which captures our interest lures us to further examination. With this exhibit, she invites you to look closely.
Gretchen Halpert was educated in botany (Connecticut College), scientific illustration (RISD/CE) and trained in medical research. Her work appears in books and journals, and she has been featured in various publications, including Scientific American. Halpert received a solo exhibition by invitation at National Taiwan University; a visiting artist and educator position through the National Science Museum and NSTDA in Thailand; and has been awarded artist grants through NYSFA. She is the past president of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and founding director of the Scientific Illustration Distance Program.