Sue Sill is both a botanist and an artist. Sue formerly worked as C. S. (Sue) Gardner. She followed her passion for nature by earning a PhD in Botany at Texas A&M University. She taught herself to create pen and ink drawings and illustrated her own publications, then went on to illustrate the works of other botanists. During her first semester as a graduate student, she was invited to participate in the 4th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, 1977 – 1978. She appears in the list of participants as Sue Gardner. After a career in public garden administration and plant conservation, Sue has returned to art. She is currently writing and illustrating a book on the rare and endangered plants of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where she lives. Her current works are in watercolor, as well as pen and ink. She also paints portraits and figurative works, and occasionally uses other media such as oils.
Blending art with the study of nature has given me the best of all worlds. I have been able to use my drawing and painting ability to share my thoughts and feelings about what I’ve seen in my travels and my life, or plants I’ve studied scientifically. My current emphasis is on watercolor portraits of people I’ve met in various parts of the Americas, and acrylic paintings that allow me to share the beauty I see in the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas.