California Lilac

Fall 2019 

 cover art fall 2019


California Lilac
botanical sample, ink, watercolor
Latifat Apatira, MD

From Dr Apatira: “‘Nature printing’ is a centuries-old printmaking technique used to create detailed, life-sized images of natural objects such as plants for study and art. Image transfer occurs by directly applying ink to a freshly picked plant, sandwiching the plant between 2 sheets of paper, and rubbing the surface of the plant by hand, capturing a precise and clear print, an impression of life.”

Dr Apatira is a plant enthusiast, mixed-media artist, nature photographer, and Occupational Medicine Physician at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in CA. More of Dr Apatira’s work can be seen at


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