“Adapt to Survive”

I am fascinated by desert plants’ adaptations to survive extreme heat and drought. Cacti are perhaps the quintessential desert plant. They have spines instead of leaves to avoid water loss via transpiration (and predators), a shallow root system to absorb even the lightest rain immediately, and a waxy coat on its thick, water-storing stem. What can they teach us?


Original mixed media piece on canvas with acrylic, collage, texture media, water-soluble crayon, and pencil.

This piece is part of the Desert Botanicals collection.

Frame Details: Framed in hard maple.
Framed Size: 21 x 17 x 2(inches)
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