Two close friends share a mutual respect for nature. Both working in ink, they express their appreciation and concerns using different but complimentary approaches.
Jeanette Compton is an artist and educator whose stark pen and ink illustrations depict found natural objects. Nests, branches, leaves, bark, fungi and other materials inspire many of her compositions. Jeanette's work strives to render a respect for the natural world, especially in its subtle detail. 
Jeanette's art has been shown throughout the region in both group exhibitions, including "Environmental Food Chain", RE: ARTISTE, International Art Organization and Gallery MC, New York NY, and in solo shows, such as "The Nature of New Haven" at Ives Gallery, NHFPL. She is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Hamden Art League, New Haven Paint and Clay Club and Connecticut Women Artists. 
A lifelong resident of the New Haven area, Jeanette is a guest instructor at the Yale Peabody Museum's Natural Science Illustration Program. She holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Education from SCSU.
Zoe Matthiessen is a self-taught artist, awarded by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She has contributed regularly to The American Bystander, The Nation, Alta Journal and Art New England Magazine, and has recently produced an environmental children’s book, The Last Straw.
Deeply frustrated by the impact of corporate and political chaos upon our environment and society, Zoe dips her pen addressing topics that impact us all such as plastic pollution, environmental deregulation, corporate greed, deforestation and corrupt politicians. For enjoyment and escape from all of that, she turns to nature and to animals for subject material.
Recent exhibitions include “Seeing Nature Through Art” at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (Oct-26 2019-June 30 2020), a solo show at The New Haven Lawn Club (April 30-June 30 2019), Endicott College (Oct 2018-Jan 2019) and inclusion in the "Art As Witness: Political Graphics" exhibit at SVA Chelsea Gallery, in NYC.
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