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GIVING NATURE HER DUE

For those artists who feel driven to depict the splendor of the plant kingdom, the fractals of nature are an alluring and infinite source of inspiration. Colorado native Heidi Jung brings these patterns into her art with a method of her own devising. The results are a striking ode to botanicals.

Jung keeps nature close at hand on the property of her home in Denver. Warmer weather reveals her passion in the most demonstrable way—with a backyard garden that’s as surprising as it is lush. Small olive trees occupy the same space as hostas, and summer vegetables keep company with creeping Jenny and rare lilies. Wisteria hangs in graceful suspense on the outside of her small studio, which boasts a garage door with glass panels. Nature is always within Jung’s view.

The botanical models she uses are often dead and dried, far past what most

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