Artists have found their muses in the natural world for untold centuries. The 19th-century French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac once asked, “what is art… but nature concentrated?” Indeed, without nature as an inspiration, we would not be blessed today with the incomparable art and wisdom of creative talents ranging from Henry David Thoreau to John James Audubon to Paul Cézanne to Ansel Adams. In the following pages, meet a sampling of fine artists who honor our planet’s beauty, mystery, and magnitude in a variety of mediums and styles. Their passionate depictions of flora, fauna, land, and sea celebrate Mother Nature herself.
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