Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide

Mountaineers Bks. Sept. 2022. 192p. ISBN 9781680513387. $22.95. REF
Artist and educator Hashimoto (Birds of the West; Colors of the West) is drawn to the intersection of art and science in nature and wilderness. Over 130 illustrations of trees, landscapes, and occasional birds and animals capture 46 iconic tree species. Arranged by region (California redwood, Rocky Mountain, desert), Hashimoto’s woodcuts, block prints, etchings, and watercolors share space with tips on artistic technique (color mixing, dabbing), poetry, personal notes, and botanical facts.
VERDICT A glossary and further reading for field guides and species accounts will satisfy the scientific reader, and artists are well served by the beautifully presented artworks and Hashimoto’s tips and personal insights. Consider also for displays on nature-related travel destinations.
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