Artistic expression for Trish Rugaber is tied to her deep appreciation of nature, and especially the botanical world. Trish earned her B.S. degree in horticulture from the University of Connecticut and M.S. degree from the University of Florida. Moving to Georgia’s Golden Isles, Trish embarked on a 25-year career as a biology professor at the College of Coastal Georgia. She also pursued her lifelong artistic passion by continuing to study and paint, both in watercolors and in oils. Subjects that continually inspire her are plants in bloom, landscapes, seascapes, and still life subjects. Her favorite works are plant portraits painted directly, and often fleetingly, from life. Through the years, Trish has entered many juried shows and has won several awards, and her artwork is represented in private collections throughout the United States. She has also held numerous solo exhibitions. Trish is a member of Glynn Visual Arts, the Jekyll Island Arts Association, the American Society of Botanical Artists, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. As an artist of ArtTrends Gallery on St. Simons Island, Georgia, Trish continues to pursue her love of the painting process and the satisfaction of sharing her love of art and nature with others.