Summer 2024

Working in her Monterey studio, Erin Hunter creates beautiful illustrations to high- light native plants, insects and animals, drawing attention to their importance. Photo: Kelli Uldall M onterey-based fine artist and science illustrator )rin ). ,unter finds inspiration in the movement of bees, birds and subtle sea - sonal shifts. ,er thoroughly researched, e\cep - tionally detailed paintings spotlight native plants, blooms, hummingbirds, and many of the , bee species that make 'alifornia their home. ;ith each piece, the 'armel ,igh graduate signals that flowers are significant beyond Nust their beauty. “They have their own lives and relationships to these other creatures, like hummingbirds and butterflies and bees. I think the more that people know about them, the more likely they are to look out for them,” ,unter says. ,er preservation-minded work gained national visibility in *ebruary, when the art pub - lisher 4omegranate created a bo\ed note card set featuring four of ,unter’s plant-and-polli - nator paintings. The company also introduced a -piece puzzle of her release “*loral 'ompass.” The rose window-style painting showcases more than two dozen species of flowers plus two hummingbird species found in Monterey 'ounty. ,unter hopes her artwork motivates people to pause and truly notice nature. “The world of insects and flowers is so fasci - nating and beautiful. I’d like people to pay more attention to that world,” she says. For more information, visit Hunter’s cards and prints are available local- ly at Pilgrim’s Way, Lula’s Chocolates and Chesebro Wines. Monterey %r tist Br ings 0ocal 2ature to a 2ational Stage B = 6 )2) ) B 6 I 2'/ S SHORT '9TS ART 88 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R 2 0 2 4