Tropical Botanic Artists


A natural science illustrator and artist bringing nature closer to you.

Margie Bauer, a botanical and scientific illustrator, a “zendoodler” and a teacher in watercolor, pen, and mixed media, works out of her studios in Cashiers, NC, and Coral Gables, Florida.  She often studies her subjects by growing native plants at home that attract native creatures.  

From her grandparents' extensive gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio, to raising plants and animals as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire, to her 30-year international career as a diplomat reporting on and promoting agricultural products for the US Department of Agriculture, she has immersed herself in nature.  She served as Agricultural Attaché at the US embassies in Indonesia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.  

In Western North Carolina, she teaches Zendoodle at the Highlands Biological Station, where she also volunteers and serves on the garden committee.

In Florida, she teaches neighborhood children and their parents the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, using the ever-present monarchs that emerge from chrysalises in her garden.  Teaching Zendoodle and volunteering for the Million Orchid project and the Challenge program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, she encourages students to experience the beauty, fragility, and strength of nature.  

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Danaus plexippus overwintering in Mexico on Abies religiosa

Monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico on oyamel

fir tree

Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press

16 x 16 in

Papilio troilus on Lobelia cardinalis

Spicebush Swallowtail on Cardinal flower

Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press

10 x 8 in

Encylcia Tampensis

Butterfly Orchid

Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press

16 x 20 in

Asclepias curassavica, Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillars on host plant Scarlet Milkweed

Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press

20 x 16 in

Passiflora incarnata

Purple Passion Vine

Watercolor on 300 lb Fabriano Soft Press

20 x 16 in