Coming full circle, Annie Reiser has returned to what feeds her soul; art. Years ago she pursued a degree in art and got sidetracked by life. Family and career took her down other pathways, though art has always been a lifetime companion. A potter, spinner, knitter, weaver, and painter, Annie now devotes more of her creative time to illustrating nature. She is a graduate of Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration where she teaches part-time, is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She is also a certified Zentangle® teacher (CZT) and has incorporated that practice into her daily life. Her artwork has been displayed in juried shows and published in books.
In her day job, Annie writes, edits, and educates the public about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO, where she has worked for 14 years. She uses her art and language skills to develop educational and informational materials that translate complex scientific research into more simplified concepts.
Before joining NOAA, Annie lived and worked in Germany showing her artwork there in local galleries until she became a language teacher. She taught German at the University of Colorado in Boulder and English as a Second Language to small international company employees while living in Regensburg, Germany.
Annie feeds her love for nature’s details by hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, and rendering her beautiful surroundings. She shares that love for nature and art with her three grandchildren and husband of 37 years.
Papaver rhoeas - Common poppies - Illustration by Annie Reiser - Colored Pencil on layered mylar.