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Wendy Hollender

Wendy Hollender is a botanical illustrator, author, and instructor. She is an instructor of Botanical Art and Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden and leads workshops in exotic locations such as Trinidad, Hawaii and many nature preserves, botanical gardens, arts centers and colleges around the country.
Wendy is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and earned a certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden. Some of her clients include: The New York Times, Restoration Hardware, the French beauty company Coty Inc the Riverside Park Fund, the Morven Garden and Museum, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Random House and Caspari, Inc. Her work is regularly featured by Faber-Castell, Inc.

She was the 2012 Artist in Resident at SUNY Ulster College.

Dina Falconi the author, and Wendy Hollender the illustrator,  started collaborating on Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook  in the spring of 2009.  Together they created Botanical Arts Press, LLC to handle all aspects of publishing Foraging & Feasting and its related products. They launched a highly successful campaign to raise funds to publish the book on Kickstarter in March of 2013. They were able to pre-sell close to 3000 copies prior to the books publication in July 2013! The book was the most successful cookbook ever on Kickstarter.

Random House published her full-length book called "Botanical Drawing in Color, A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color in July 2010. It is already in its second printing.
Wendy self-published her own book which features a unique workbook format, Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide in 2008 which continues to  sell steadily at the New York Botanical Garden, Amazon.com  and on the artist’s website.

Her work was in the 13th annual exhibition at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. She has been in exhibitions at Royal Botanical Garden at Kew and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Wendy’s illustrations have been in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Horticulture Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, the Artist’s Magazine, The Observer Magazine and the Smithsonian Magazine.

After living 30 years in Manhattan, Wendy relocated to Accord, NY in 2009. The property has been developed into a small permaculture organic vegetable farm. Workshops are held in botanical drawing as well as permaculture and growing. Students study and draw the living plants and get to eat the fresh wild and cultivated food prepared on the farm. 

She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society. Wendy is also a member of the New York Botanical Garden Board of Advisors.

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