P.O.Box 87704, Tucson AZ 85754
Phone: 520.907.9471
About the Artists

Watercolorist Martha Ames Burgess, “Flor de Mayo,” has come to art as a special way to appreciate and understand Nature and history. Her background in geology, tree-ring dating, ethnobotany, and environmental education have given her a scientist’s wish for rightness in her artistic documentation, an adventurer’s sense of freedom about it, and a teacher’s wish to share it.

Her home is the desert Southwest—the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and the Red Rock country of western Colorado—where incredible light and color enliven the landscape and the people. Her art captures moments of geological, botanical, and architectural beauty in the passage of time. Among her favorite themes are the dramatically beautiful endangered crops which she has grown out for Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Martha Ames Burgess, founder of Flor de Mayo LLC, served on the Boards of NativeSeeds/SEARCH and Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture. She is a contributor to the journal Edible Baja Arizona and has taught many desert harvesting and gardening workshops for NativeSeeds/SEARCH, Tohono Chul Park, Desert Botanical Garden, Pima County Parks&Recreation, and Tucson Cactus&Succulent Society. Look for upcoming classes in heirloom and traditional Native foods in support of Mission Garden and NSS.

Watch "Cuisine of the Desert: Foraging for Cholla Buds".

Virginia Wade Ames—designer, watercolorist, pastellist and author—has studied drawing and painting at the Corcoran School of art, Washington, D.C., studied silkscreen printing with Lou Stovall and Krystina Maryk, and stain-painting with Paul Reed (one of the Washington Color Field Artists). She served on the committee which established the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, as an art center, was a resident artist in the Torpedo Factory Art League for many years, and wrote a column for the Alexandria Port Paquet newspaper.

She was commissioned to design and create various art objects and Bicentennial reproductions for the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museums Shops, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Society for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

Since moving to Arizona, she has had numerous shows of her paintings in Tucson, and has been an instructor of drawing at the University of Arizona SAGE-OLLI Society. She continues to create monoprints, collographs, and collage on desert themes. Her latest creations are two books (with two more in the works!)  Please click on Books in the website menu for detailed descriptions of her different genres.

J. Roderick Mondt
Rod expresses his love of Nature and the desert, particularly flowers and their pollinators, through the curious eye of his camera lens. Watch for his sensitive close-up images at Tucson Open Studio shows and at the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Conference vendor area.