Fall-Winter 2011




Detail of Springbok Prairie,
above left, by Connie Devendorf.

Detail of Echinacea in snow
by Gail Goepfert.

Springbrook Prairie

Connie Devendorf

After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) Connie Devendorf worked as a textile designer in New York City. In 1992, she started her own faux finishing business, Expert Faux Finish, specializing in murals that involve nature, fanciful landscapes for children’s rooms, and sophisticated floral motifs. She is a graduate of the botanical illustration certificate program at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Il., and a past president of the arboretum’s Nature Artists’ Guild. She also teaches art classes at the arboretum and is passionate about conveying the detail in nature that people often miss.

It was a glorious day, crisp and clear, and hued with auburn, chestnut, copper, rust. The wind that whispered through the grasses smelled like autumn with a hint of apple.