Alpine Botanicals

A Summer Day on the Alpine Tundra 

      Traveling in the land above the trees in the Southern Rockies offers spectacular vistas, a test of physical fitness, and the sense of achievement from reaching lofty summits. But some of the most astonishing views in the alpine tundra are not the distant snowy crags and glittering glacial lakes, but the ones you can find peering through a magnifying lens while on your belly. This portfolio of botanical illustrations by Lian Canty was refined from sketches and photographs made during the summer of 2015, when she dedicated time every week to hiking above tree line. The aim of this collection is to inspire others to look more closely when they travel in the alpine tundra, and to share an artist’s perspective of the unique flora that calls these magnificent places home.-Katherine Darrow

11"x14" prints available, $50 each

Gray's Angelica
Gray's Angelica
Alpine Sandwort
Alpine Sandwort
Rocky Mountain Buttercup
Rocky Mountain Buttercup
Forget-me-nots
Forget-me-nots
Sky Pilot
Sky Pilot
Halls Pentstemon
Halls Pentstemon
Alpine Willow
Alpine Willow
Mountain Dryad
Mountain Dryad
Alpine Twinpod
Alpine Twinpod
Leadville Milkvetch
Leadville Milkvetch
Dwarf Hawksbeard
Dwarf Hawksbeard
Colorado Ragwort
Colorado Ragwort
Parry's primrose
Parry's primrose
Alp Lily
Alp Lily
Boreal Sage
Boreal Sage
Black Headed Daisy
Black Headed Daisy
Ivesia
Ivesia
Alpine Sunflower
Alpine Sunflower
Alpine Easter Daisy
Alpine Easter Daisy
Alpine Spring Beauty
Alpine Spring Beauty
Rocky Mountain Pussytoes
Rocky Mountain Pussytoes
Alpine Dusty Maiden
Alpine Dusty Maiden
Perrenial Fringed Gentian
Perrenial Fringed Gentian
Arctic Gentian
Arctic Gentian

      I spent the summer of 2015 hiking into the alpine tundra with botanist Vinnie Rossignol. With Vinnie's expert guidance we located these hardy wildflowers that grow above timberline. Once located, these wildflowers were documented with photographs, sketches, and an herbarium created by Vinnie.Throughout the following year I painted, using watercolors, 24 of the many alpine wildflowers found in Southwestern Colorado. This collection showcases the robust but diminutive flora found on high peaks and along ridge lines throughout the Rocky Mountains. To accompany each print, botanist Katherine Darrow, author of Wild About Wildflowers, has provided botanical information for each flower.

      Relish in the beauty of the alpine presented through this exceptional botanical collection.

-Lian Canty

Alpine Botanical Collection

Edition of 25

Folio set of all 24 prints $900.

Folio set with custom clam shell box $1075.

Alpine Botanicals Collection
Alpine Botanicals Collection

Clam shell box, wrapped in sage silk, 11"x16"x1". Custom made by David Ashley.

Alpine Botanicals Folio Collection
Alpine Botanicals Folio Collection

One-of-a-kind, custom folio, hand silkscreened paper, app. 10 3/4"x15"x3/4". (Paper pattern will vary).

Alpine Botanicals Folio
Alpine Botanicals Folio

Interior view of folio.

Alpine Botanicals Collection
Alpine Botanicals Collection

All 24 Alpine botanical prints, edition of 25, 10 1/2"x13 3/4", deckled edges.

Alpine Botanical Originals Available

Framed 16"x20"

$500

Gray's Angelica
Gray's Angelica
Alpine Sandwort
Alpine Sandwort
Alpine Willow
Alpine Willow
Mountain Dryad
Mountain Dryad
Alpine Twinpod
Alpine Twinpod
Dwarf Hawksbeard
Dwarf Hawksbeard
Colorado Ragwort
Colorado Ragwort
Boreal Sage
Boreal Sage
Ivesia
Ivesia
Alpine Easter Daisy
Alpine Easter Daisy
Rocky Mountain Pussytoes
Rocky Mountain Pussytoes
Perrenial Fringed Gentian
Perrenial Fringed Gentian