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School of Botanical Art & Illustration Team


Jessica Glombick, Manager 
Jessica has worked in education at museums and cultural institutions for more than 20 years. Currently, her favorite creative outlet is saw-piercing metal to create silhouettes inspired by the natural world. Jessica looks forward to continuing the strong tradition of botanical illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens as well las expanding the focus on wider botanical arts.

Carina Bañuelos-Harrison, Assistant Manager
Carina has worked as a public art administrator and curator. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, she studied studio arts with a focus in photography. Carina is thrilled to bring her art expertise and her perspective as a Latinx artist to the School of Botanical Art & Illustration. 

Liz Edwards, Teaching Production Assistant
Since graduating from the University of Denver with a degree in cognitive neuroscience and subsequently pursuing several years of art training, Liz has worked as a freelance artist and scientific illustrator, specializing in charcoal, graphite and colored pencil works. Liz’s driving passions center around utilizing art and communication to make the scientific world an accessible and inclusive space for all people, and Liz is excited to bring these passions into the School of Botanical Art & Illustration.

Adjunct Teaching Artists

Teresa Booth Brown 
Teresa is an artist and teacher known for her use of collage in oil painting, mixed-media drawings, and printmaking. Strong color, abstracted imagery and architectural geometry distinguish her work. She is interested in helping artists to identify and develop unique and individual directions in their own work and is the artist programs coordinator for the Aspen Art Museum.

Lori Ann Levy-Holm 
Lori Ann attended Temple University and studied at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. After college, she served two formal apprenticeships and worked at the Staffordshire Pottery Museum as a demonstrator thrower. Lori Ann earned her MFA in illustration at the University of Hartford. After 16 years of teaching art to students of all ages, she has returned to her roots of drawing and painting. Lori Ann teaches a variety of Art Exploration courses and workshops as well as introductory Botanical Illustration courses. She is passionate about making art accessible to all. 

Shiere Melin 
Shiere has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in corporate and agency environments and currently does business as BluBlaze Creative. Her combined interest in science and art lead to an MFA from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in medical and biologic illustration. She has continued her illustration interest by achieving a Foundational Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanical Gardens. Shiere teaches Art Exploration and Botanical Illustration courses.

Sarah Pedry
Sarah holds a BFA in painting as well as an MFA in interdisciplinary art. She has a passion for research and focuses her work primarily on nature and connecting people to nature. She has recently illustrated signage for the High Line public park in New York City and is currently working on a children’s book. Sarah teaches a variety of Art Exploration classes.

Laurence Pierson-Bonenberger
Born in France, Laurence has lived in many countries, from Chile to the Philippines, discovering cultures and exploring art. She had been painting Byzantine icons for 20 years (using egg tempera technique) when she discovered the Botanical Illustration program at the Gardens. She completed the certificate program in 2013 and has been an instructor with the program ever since. Currently, she’s in training to become an art therapist. 

Phillip Potter
Phillip is a contemporary Denver-based artist. His work is a juxtaposition between botanical illustration and large-scale abstract color work. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He received his certificate in botanical illustration from the School of Botanical Art & Illustration at the Gardens in 2019. His understanding and ability to create abstract compositions informs his sensibilities when approaching a botanical work. Phillip is a former member and president of EDGE Gallery, as well as Spark Gallery. His work is held in both private and public collections nationally and internationally.

Heidi Snyder 
After careers in education and law, Heidi turned to botanical and nature illustration.
She prefers colored pencils for her detailed art, which focuses on wild species in their natural habitats. It is her mission to make the viewer aware of all the often-hidden details nature has to offer and bring out the beauty and information therein. She belongs to many nature and environmental organizations, co-authored “Wild in the City: Fauna and Flora of Colorado Urban Spaces” (2015) and uses her art to raise environmental awareness.

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