Michael Campbell

Botanical Artist | Instructor at Front Range Community College

Artist Statement:

I am a pencil artist focused on drawing the flora of the world in graphite and color. What inspires me? In a word, nature. All the elements and principles of design are at work in the natural world. Line, shape, color, texture, and value—it’s all there if you look close enough. My work with botanical and scientific art and illustration has taught me to see and helps inform and inspire my teaching and design work in a significant way. I’m a better artist, teacher, and human because of the time I spend in the natural world.


After a 30-year career as a graphic designer, art director, and creative director,
including a 25-year career at the University of Colorado, Michael Campbell has embarked on a second career as a botanical and scientific artist. In 2010, he was awarded a certificate in Botanical Art from the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration. In November 2018 he completed studies in their Advanced Diploma Program, one of only two students to receive the degree. For the past two decades, he has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Regis University, and currently is a drawing instructor in the Art Department at Front Range Community College.

Professional Roles…
  • Botanical Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Instructor
  • Creative Director