New GNSI Treasurer
– Linda M. Feltner, Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, President
Please welcome Karen A. Johnson, as Treasurer of the GNSI Board of Directors. Karen succeeds Marj Leggitt who has served in this role for 16 years. We are fortunate to have Karen bring her dedication and expertise to serve the Guild.
Karen has been a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators since 1989. She has bachelors’ degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology, the study of insects. Karen has done the majority of her color work in watercolor, gouache, acrylic and pastel and her black and white work on scratchboard. Her realistic depictions of flowers and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract. She also utilizes the computer to make her paintings available in cards and calendars.
She has created illustrations for a variety of clients including: Iowa State University entomology and veterinary departments, Organic Gardening Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, the University of Illinois Extension Services, Plant Nanny, and Ball Horticultural Company. Her artwork is included in private and corporate collections.
Currently, she teaches scratchboard, acrylic and insect illustration classes at the Morton Arboretum. Exploring polymer clay sculpture in the form of jewelry is her latest foray into depicting insects and plants in an educational and artistic way. She regularly blogs and participates in various social media as a way to share her love of art and nature with the public.
“I am excited to be able to join the board and help out in any way that I can. The Guild has been such a wonderful, supportive group throughout the years that I’ve been a member and I’m looking forward to being able to give something back.”
We all look forward to working with Karen, she will be a tremendous asset to the GNSI Board.