Anna Scharnagl, "Flor 495: Yellow Milkwort", colored pencil on paper, 6 X 8 inches, 2011 (CC).
About the artist
Anna Scharnagl is a native to south Florida and an FIU alumna with a BA in Religious Studies and a BS in Biology. She has spent the greater portion of her life either working or playing out of doors. She views the world as both artist and scientist..
As a south Florida field biologist I have continually photographed native wildflowers. Upon hearing of FLOR 500 I was compelled to join the ranks of artists and do a rendering of one of my shots to share the simple yet astounding beauty that so oft moves me in the field.
FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.