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Growing Romas: Watercolor and Graphite

“Live in each season as it passes:
Breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influences of each.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)



The American Society of Botanical Artists:

The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators:

The Society of Botanical Artists, United Kingdom:

Royal Horticultural Society:

Chelsea Physic Garden:

ArtPlantae Today: Connecting Artists, Naturalists, and Educators:



Farmers Market: Pen and Ink and Watercolor

Farmers Market Poster (Vintage): Pen and Ink and Watercolor


Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Belle of Mystery: Graphite

Belle of Mystery: Graphite


Deborah Kopka’s children’s books are available through (Search Deborah Kopka)


Japanese Maple_Kopka_watercolor_1998

Japanese Maple: Watercolor


 For John 

This page is dedicated to my brother John (1957–2015), a loving husband, brother, and friend; an expert fisherman; and a wonderful gardener and cook. He had deep respect for nature. And he would have had the highest regard for the mission and members of the organizations listed here. “Black Oak Leaf” below is for him.

“Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”
A River Runs Through It  (Norman Maclean, 1976)

Black Oak Leaf: Watercolor and Pastel


“Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
This is an ancient and eternal law.”




Deb and Rick Back 1

With my brother Rick at Handy Hunter Farm, our home away from home in  beautiful Ohio country. (Photography: Lori Schroeder)