Esther Klahne is a botanical and natural science artist living in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1984 with a degree in Apparel Design, and in 2012 earned a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from Wellesley College. Painting in watercolor on vellum (animal skin), Esther captures the beauty of flower and fauna alike, focusing on form, texture and color unique to the specimens. Often the subjects are depicted in still lifes which are reminiscent of “old world” paintings. In 2013, Esther’s painting of Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Kopper King’ was purchased by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Esther’s paintings are exhibited and sold throughout New England.