I have created new illustrations for the Fairweather April exhibition that depict spring native flowers and native butterflies, moths, hummingbird and other species.I wanted to show a relationship between various plants and insects, celebrating our Pacific Northwest ecology.Many insects depend on native plants for both feeding and as host plants, layering their eggs on the particular plants.I wanted to show the plants not in isolation but as part of a larger community.
Lupine and Gray Streaked butterfly by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, botanical artist
Flowering currant and Polyphemus moth by Dorota Haber-Lehigh
Skunk cabbage, Pacific tree frog, and Eight spotted skimmer by Dorota Haber-Lehigh.
Skunk cabbage are beginning to emerge on the Oregon Coast. One of my favorites as it brightens the dark swampy winter. An illustration of skunk cabbage was completed as part of my Diploma in Botanical Illustration with Society of Botanical Artists in London.” —DH-L
Dorota Haber-Lehigh exhibits and teaches drawing regionally, including online teaching.
Dorota Haber-Lehigh works from sketches in the field and finishes botanical illustrations in her studio, working with artist-quality colored pencils, watercolors, and walnut ink.
Dorota holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists in the UK, degrees in Art and International Studies, and a master’s degree in teaching.
Born in Poland, her love for nature began when as a child, she accompanied her grandparents on mushroom hunting forays, spent hours in her parent’s gardens, and hiked summers in the Tatra mountains to forage for wild herbs and fruit.
She was an artist in residency at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Her commissions have included an installation of native plants of the Pacific Northwest at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Seaside, Oregon.
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St.
Through April 25
LIFE FORMS, an exhibition featuring Seaside botanical artist Dorota Haber Lehigh, coastal maker Emily Miller, Pacific University Emeritus Professor Jan Shield, pen and ink artist Britney Drumheller, and mixed media artist and curator Jan Rimerman.