Artist Biography:A Florida native and self-taught artist, Sara Roess’s childhood was spent on a salt-marsh island at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River in the 1950’s. The family lived a simple existence supportedby hunting and fishing in the Florida wilderness without electricity or running water. Here the artist excelled in school and her love of nature developed. What could not be bought at the dime store for entertainment was a love for the outdoors and natural beauty of her everyday surroundings. A passion sustained throughout her life, her highly detailed botanical drawings have captured and lovingly portrayed the native flora of a fast-vanishing Florida, followed by a three-year residence in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she specialized in the unique ecology of the Cumberland Plateau. To date, Sara Roess, also known as “Mitzi” to her friends and family, has returned to her home in McIntosh, Florida, resuming her fascination with the natural beauty of her Florida upbringing, beautifully depicting the native trees and plants of its seasons. Each piece in the artist’s Hand-colored Series involves a patient, much-labored process of applying color to a high-quality copy of the original work in the tradition of hand-colored lithographs. Thus, each piece becomes unique unto itself and is numbered and signed.