I am a visual artist and writer based in New York, with specializations in illustration, design and fine art. Writing credits include The Botanical Artist. Professional associations include: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, present board member and former president of the Children's Book Illustrators Group, American Society of Botanical Artists, teaching artist with Arts Westchester, and guest judge for arts organizations including the Morgan Library & Museum, and Scholastic Writing Awards. I hold a B.A. in Art History, NYU, with additional commercial art course work from S.V.A, Pratt and F.I.T., natural science and botanical illustration certificate track studies. My art work is exhibited in galleries and museums, used in theater productions, and manufactured commercially. Recent shows I've curated include: Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated at Poe Park Visitor Center and Fairy Tales at the Brooklyn Central Library. I create public programing for the exhibits, including art history related lectures, interviews, and art workshops for all ages. My art is inspired by nature, literature, the decorative arts and many artists such as Matisse, Rackham, and Sargent to name a few. To learn more and view recent work, visit www.donnamiskend.blogspot.com .