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The mission of this project has been to encourage public awareness of native plant conservation through promoting the role that the visual arts can play in supporting that effort. Primarily set up as a means to create a continual source of visual documentation of the flora that make up such a large portion of our nation's rich cultural heritage, the Traveling Artist Wildflowers Project has grown to include interpretive, educational and outreach programs. For more information: donalddepicts@msn.com or 202.744.3647.

The watercolor wildflower illustrations displayed on this website were created on location by Donald Davidson, 2010 recipient of the "President's Volunteer Service Award" for his dedication to the National Park Service. You can follow Donald's trips through various National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish & Wildlife Service areas by viewing the watercolors on this site.They are meant to be used for study and enjoyment with the Celebrating Wildflowers website. All of the artwork is copyrighted and is not in the public domain (see copyright statement for more information).

NEW PROGRAMS FOR 2012: Study along with other biologists, writers, and artists while helping increase the native flora visual database. College credit optional:

Friday, March 30, 8pm, through Sunday, April 1, 4pm, Desert Studies Center, Mojave National Preserve, Zzyzx, CA.
Art X454.5, REG#114-CPF-F61 (credit & non-credit through the University of California-Riverside Extension).
Click here for more information.

Past Participatory Programs

2007. Exhibit of sixteen prints of Mojave National Preserve watercolors at the Quiet Places Art Space in Henderson, NV.

2006. Exhibit of sixteen prints of native flora watercolors at Death Valley Visitor’s Center.

2005-2006. Exhibit of fifty originals from the Chihuahuan Desert botanical watercolor collection at the Amistad National Recreation Area visitor center in south Texas.

2004-2012. Nature enthusiasts and artists alike were given the opportunity to better appreciate the ever changing blooming periods in the Mojave Desert when Donald Davidson presented Botanical Illustration Weekend Field Workshops through the auspices of California State University, San Bernardino and the University of California, Riverside at the Desert Studies Center in Zzyzx, CA. He has also taught a continuing education workshop for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

2003-2004. The Chihuahuan Desert Native Plant Conservation Initiative was created so that you, too, can make an important contribution to better appreciation and understanding of native plants and their habitats. Wildflower enthusiasts, students, teachers, artists and writers, can now participate in creative, hands-on, interdisciplinary field workshops held throughout each April at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.

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Recipient of the 2010 President's Volunteer Service Award

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Last updated: 13-Mar-2012