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Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight

Although much of art-making can be solitary, artistic collaboration isn’t uncommon. Sometimes the collaborators work in the same artistic field—think of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Other times, a project might pair artists who work in different creative fields—an illustrator with a fashion designer, for example. In this story, however, the collaborative project involves two seemingly different yet fundamentally aligned fields: art and science.

Claudia Stevens, a botanical illustrator based in the rural Monterey Bay town of Aptos, Calif., harbors a lifelong love of nature and a deep concern regarding the environment and the detrimental effects of climate change. She collects botanical specimens from various locations—including Antarctica, international rain forests and California’s High Sierras—and creates detailed illustrations not only to provide documentation of these often endangered species but also to showcase their rare beauty. The

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