Lee Taiz

Because most of my professional life has been spent as a research biologist and science writer in plant biology, many of my paintings are botanicals. I often work in series. One series of landscape paintings is focused on California Missions. Another series focuses on allegorical and symbolic constructs. Most of the paintings in this series are meditations on the syncretism between ancient concepts and modern reformulations, often inspired by Amerindian sources.  Another series engages with fantasy worlds, including surfer cats, mysterious journeys, and witches whose occupations provide explanations for natural phenomena. It also includes illustrations for my novel (written with my husband, Lincoln Taiz) Libra, the Cat Who saved Silicon Valley.

My most recent science history publication is Flora UnveiledThe Discovery and Denial of Sex in Plants. Also written with  Lincoln Taiz, Flora Unveiled is available through all good bookshops, Amazon, or direct from Oxford University Press

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Botanica

 

At the Garden Wall 1

 

Lee Taiz

Epiphytic Cactus: Sunrise 

Epiphytic Cactus: Sunset

Epiphytic Cactus: Sunset

 

Orchids and Poison Dart Frogs

Orchids and Poison Dart Frogs

 

Twins

 

Moth Orchids

 

Belle Story

 

Confetti Orchids

 

Wild Hollyhocks, Greece

 

Spice Bush

 

Pinata Roses and Blue Witch

 

From the Summer Garden

 

At the Garden Wall 2

 

Under the Eves

 

Tigers

 

Green

 

Summer Afternoon

 

Two More Votes for Shade-Grown Coffee

 

Toucan

 

Two Votes for Shade Grown Coffee

 

Orchid Fancier

Oranges

Musa Paradisica

 

Amaryllis

 

December

Allegory and Symbolism

 

Xochiquetzal, Our Lady of Flowers

 

Chalciuhtilicue, Our Lady of the Waters

 

Tower of Ivory

 

Good Friday

 

Coyolxauhqui Re-Membered

 

Chocomecoatl, Our Lady of Abundance

 

Dream of Oaxaca

 

Afternoon in the Garden

 

Landscape

 

Mission San Juan Bautista

 

Carmel Mission

 

Mission San Diego

 

Mission Santa Barbara

 

Mission San Miguel

 

At Gortyn, Crete

 

Crusader Wall, Akko, Israel

View from the Castle, Molvos, Lesbos

Fantasy

 

Hanging the Stars

 

Winter Solstice-Rekindling the Candles of the Sun

 

Bringing the Harvest

 

Ondine

 

Surf Cat

 

Journey by Night

 

The Rescuers

 

Libra, The Cat Who Saved Silicon Valley

 

all images copyright by Lee Taiz.