Marsha Boston is a painter living and working in Escondido, California. She received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1983. During the last two decades, her work has centered on the myths and concepts that have defined our relationship to nature. While researching material for a series of paintings focused on the widespread application of recombinant DNA technology to our food crops, she discovered her fascination and delight with the subject of botany. Her work evolved out of her concern over the uncertain realities of genetic engineering, the accelerated speed of human dominion over nature, and her reverence for the miraculous design of plants. Currently, she is exploring the practice of indigenous herbalism in relation to our mechanistic world view. The organic forms in her work begin as representational drawings. Then through repetition and kinetic memory the drawings are simplified and combined with open color. For her, the language of the marks and colors parallel the subtler more invisible qualities of the plants.