3: MaryJo Koch

Working from her studio in Northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, Maryjo Koch is widely regarded among the world’s most accomplished naturalist painters. Largely self-taught, Maryjo began her career doing renderings as an environmental designer, but soon returned to her childhood fascination with the world of nature.

Maryjo is an artist whose work combines authority and enchantment, and her paintings and private commissions are featured in galleries and museums from North America to Asia. She has illustrated 18 books that are treasured and collected by people all around the world.

Maryjo began teaching nature painting at both the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and at Monterey’s renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. She now conducts workshops at her studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains.