Kelly Leahy Radding
Birds, animals, and plants are central in Kelly's work. Her paintings sing with the artist’s passion for the natural world. Her subjects are from near and far, a testament to her love of travel and of finding the wild everywhere she wanders. She is drawn to historical mediums, techniques and substrates; such as dry brush watercolor on calfskin vellum, egg tempera, casein, and silverpoint, interpreting them with a contemporary viewpoint.
Kelly is a trained graphic designer, earning a Certificate of Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). She is a sought after guest instructor at botanical art programs including NYBG, Wellesley College Botanical Garden, Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory, Idaho's Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and Florence, Italy.
Radding is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, also serving on the board. She maintains membership in the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the American Women Artists.
Margaret earned a BFA in Communications Design at Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA in 1988. Her experience as a graphic designer and illustrator have provided a solid foundation for further studies of plant life and botanical art techniques, and Margaret was awarded her Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, with distinction, from The New York Botanical Garden in June, 2013.
When not painting, Margaret teaches botanical art, both online and in person. Venues include Mt Cuba Center, Hockessin, DE; GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, Reading, PA; and Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, and other art centers and gardens.
Margaret is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, as well as the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, and has exhibited with both groups. Working primarily in watercolor on vellum and egg tempera, Margaret specializes in mushrooms, fungi, and woodland plants. She works from her studio in Mt. Penn, PA.