Growing up in Los Gatos, California and Atlanta, Georgia, Christy studied literature, artand botany at the Lovett School, the Maine College of Art, and earned a B.A. with Distinction in Art from Colorado College. Writing about her international travels to study great works by masters like Frida Kahlo, Sandro Botticelli and the dreamtime painters of Aboriginal Australia inspired a life-long love of thorough research.
As an Exhibit Designer for Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Christy worked with scientists, artists and educators in the field while writing quarterly articles about her crazy adventures such as digging dinosaur bones with Dr. Robert Bakker in the Wyoming badlands; collecting snakes in the South Georgia swamp; and heading up an exhibit team to recreate the U.S. Mexican borderlands she had once camped in for a month-long drawing class in college.
Christy’s illustrations for Field & Studio Productions, Ltd. have been published by Chronicle Books, the Nature Conservancy of Georgia, and the Journal American Rhododendron Society. She’s been awarded prestigious commissions of product design, promotional art and murals by the Humboldt Field Research Institute, the Southeastern Flower Show and the Fulton County Arts Commission. A member of the American Society of Botanical Artists since 1997, Christy has exhibited and sold her work nationally at venues like the New York State Museum, the Missouri Botanical Garden and Cadeaux, Telluride, and her meticulous yet lively botanical illustrations are in the collections of many private patrons.
Teaching drawing and painting techniques to a wide audience, Christy also works as an Environmental Educator at Blue Heron Nature Preserve. She writes award-winning fiction that explores the emotional side of botany and is a featured writer of the Outside Art Table in Around the Park magazine. She enjoys hiking with her family, running on the river trails with a rescue dog who rescued her back, and alpine skiing. She gives back by sharing her gifts with several organizations in the community (see the Contact Us page).
Beverly Baker is an Atlanta based multi-media artist whose work is included in the permanent collections of Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the High Museum of Art as well as in private and public collections elsewhere. A full resume is available upon request.
Starting out as a textile designer in NYC during the late sixties when all things new and groovy were happening there, she was one of the designers who created the exotic animal print movement. A love of patterns and natural resources continues to inspire her work in drawings, paintings, photography and most recently, print making.
Terrific new developments in archival printing techniques have enabled Beverly to use the computer to invent new spins on the representation of time honored flora and fauna. This mix of traditional painting and drawing techniques combined with computer generated effects creates unique images with new natural history stories to tell.
Beverly is active in the Atlanta arts community having served as a founding member on the boards of the Atlanta Photography Group, The High Museum of Art's Photo Forum, and as former Vice President and Chairman of the board of Art Papers as well as on the advisory board of the Hambidge Center of Georgia. Beverly's current projects include writing her art memoires and exhibiting new work at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
Beverly holding Christy in front of her WIP
It all began in the studio on Valentine's Day when a Black Swallowtail Butterfly emerged from its cocoon. Having been dormant for four months and kept as a specimen to sketch and study on the drawing board, this summer memory from the field born in the studio in winter inspired us to team up and take off on line. Like the Butterfly's tiny wings which at first were small, shriveled and black with bright yellow windows of color, our idea soon grew magnificent glistening wings and began to fly in the sunlight.
We are mother and daughter lifetime artists and writers. We strive to share our inspirations from nature and to make a difference in the way you see it. Please stay a while and be sure to stop by again as our work changes with the seasons.
Right photo credits: Apple blossom, herb and dragonfly linens, Vici International, Bonnie Alikhan; Forest trail and seating area, Wonderfalls Landscapes, David Thayer
All photography by Beverly Baker
"Attainment and science, retainment and art - the two couples keep to themselves, but when they do meet, nothing else in the world matters."
~Vladimir Nabokov, Time and Ebb
Field & Studio Productions, Ltd. is a Georgia Corporation and Sandy Springs business.