ABOUT

Hello, my name is Johanna.  

 

Currently, I'm based in Edinburgh studying Horticulture and Plantsmanship and Botanical Illustration.​

 I was born in 1998 & grew up close to the Dutch border in a small town in Germany close to a large forest.

I'm very enthusiastic about documenting nature. A few years ago I started nature journaling while on a road trip with my family. Since then I have accumulated a fair amount of different journals filled with memories and experiences in nature.

 

 

 

 

18-04-1998

not many things give
me as much pleasure as collecting, observing, identifying and then drawing plants, insects, mushrooms and other things I find.

I'm fond of capturing moments on camera- whether that’s through filming or photographing. It’s so beautiful to be able to capture a snippet of your life, it makes it easier to hold onto a feeling or memory.

I love insects and forests with large tall pine trees, spooky looking old oak trees and dappled sunlight.

Autumn is probably my favourite season especially because of all the fungi; their diversity is just fascinating to me and I find myself illustrating them quite often. There’s just something really special about mushrooms. Some of my best memories are of cold autumn days spent searching for mushrooms in orange-yellow-red coloured forests with some amazingly knowledgeable people capable of identifying mushrooms under a minute or so!

I’m interested in moths, butterflies and their metamorphosis. In my studies, I’m trying to learn about their ecological significance and plants that are important for their existence.

  

© Johanna Koen