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An Interview with Nellie Sue Potter
February 14, 2019 by Haya Aldoori

On March 2, Nellie Sue Potter will be co-leading a Nature Journaling workshop with Emily Beaton to help participants improve their observation, recording, and sketching skills to take their nature journal to the next level.

We had a few questions for Nellie Sue and she generously answered.

Nellie Sue Potter

HPNC: What is your favourite aspect of nature journaling?

Nellie Sue: Focusing on such beautiful and interesting subjects

HPNC: What is a challenge of nature journaling?

Nellie Sue: Trying to get it all on the page!

HPNC: What aspects of nature do you enjoy sketching in the winter?

Nellie Sue: Seedpods, leaves, and twigs.

Virginia Creeper by Nellie Sue Potter

HPNC: Why is High Park a good location for nature journaling?

Nellie Sue: There is a great variety of subjects and habitats.

HPNC: What advice would you give to someone new to nature journaling?

Nellie Sue: Just keep doing it! Not every page will be fabulous, but ever one will be a learning experience. Allow yourself to experiment and learn!

More about Nellie Sue:

Nellie Sue’s love and appreciation for the natural world is evident in her artwork and art teaching. Her work experience includes working as a botanical illustrator, teaching art to children, and teaching botanical art to adults. Her teaching venues in Toronto include the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Botanical Garden, and now her very own teaching studio, Nature Art Studio, on Dundas Street West, in the Junction area, north of High Park. Nellie Sue has had 3 solo exhibitions in Toronto, including one at Toronto City Hall. She has exhibited with the Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) in four national exhibitions and has received numerous awards, including first place in 2015. She also exhibits regularly with the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators (SONSI). In 2018, she has 2 artworks in the international exhibition “Botanical Art Worldwide”. Her botanical artwork has also appeared in trail guides and other publications. She is a member of the Botanical Artists of Canada, The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators.


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