Amicus Botanicus

Jeanne Debons

Ever since my father introduced me to the wonder of sprouting mung bean seeds in a jar, I have been fascinated by all aspects of plants and flowers. Having also enjoyed painting from an early age, it was a natural progression to be drawn to botany and botanical illustration.

Papaver somniferumSince 2000 I have studied botanical painting. With degrees in Biology and Botany from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York and then at Oregon State University I received a diploma in Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School in 2005 but keep on learning all the time.

Moving back home to the high desert of Central Oregon in 2006 I have continued to paint and now teach botanical illustration workshops at my home studio, at the local Community College and at other locations. Teaching has led me to develop and patent the Tracing Frame℗ to help students get started in drawing.

I am a member of Amicus Botanicus, the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Guild of Natural Science

My work has been shown in local, national and international exhibitions including most recently ‘Flora of the National Parks’ – US Botanic Garden, Washington D.C., ‘In the Footsteps of David Douglas’ – Salem, Oregon, ‘The Beauty of Botanicals’ – Kirkwood, Missouri. Paintings are also on continuous display in Bend, Oregon at Angelina’s Organic Skincare.

My paintings have been used for the cover of two books, a magazine and as illustrations in several books.

My work can be seen at

Sequoiadendron giganteum ‘Sequoia cone and seeds’