Welcome to Quillscapes...


When I was young, I would walk through the northern Vermont woods on the way to the school bus stop, and observe everything around me. From the little babbling brook I had to jump across, to the towering pines I walked under, the walk was a form of therapy. Each little pine sprig, every broad fern branch has a story. And I made them up. Tiny stories, yes, but it helped me forget about what I was doing, and focus on them even for a moment.

How was their day going so far? What happened that morning before I walked by? What would happen to them while I was in school?

Each little pine sprig, every broad fern branch has a story.



My mind took quick photographs, and kept them in my "plant file" until I needed them later, years later, in a sketch. If I close eyes even now, I can be right back on that sweet path down the Sugarbush mountain.

This site is where I share my interpretations of what I see in Nature. I don't care to draw houses, people or machinery. (If you saw the last homebuilt airplane I drew, then you would understand. yikes.) But I adore drawing little glimpses of plant life. 

In fact, weeds have the best stories of all. 


Plant Whisperer? Sometimes yes, but only when they feel like socializing. 

I specialize in sketches using pen and ink, and from the actual plant or from a photograph of it. The more surroundings I see either in person or on the photo, the better sense I receive of what is going on with them. 

I like to capture the 'back story' of a garden, interpret gardens into art pieces, or even provide a glimpse of a favorite flower. If you are interested in these sketches, completed or yet to be done, I would be honored to connect with you. 

Thanks for visiting!

Erica L. Berdan 

Naturalist, Pen& Ink Artist, Science Buff


Interpreting Nature in Pen & Ink

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  "Those who  contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature, the  assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
                                                                                                                 -- Rachel Carson