Here’s another woman in art history also well worth mentioning, Anna Atkins. Today, Google Doodle is celebrating her 216th birthday. Like Maria Sibylla Merian 100 years earlier, she was a botanic artist. Some say also that she was the first "woman photographer.” She used an emerging technology of Cyanotype to create these “photogenic drawings” to document algae and confera. To her, it was a way to make accurate drawings. I refer to the technique in my work as “photograms,” which is a name Man Ray later made famous. They are both contact prints. I guess I must have been channeling Anna Atkins in Napa Valley when I made my "photogrammic impressions” of grapes & flowers and didn’t even know it.