Friendship, Plants, Poetry, and Art
Renée and I became friends in high school at the tender age of fifteen. In awe of an impressive doodle on the edge of Renée’s notebook, I sparked up a conversation with her. Inspired by the world of fairies and plants brought to life through Renée’s imagination, we felt free to explore our vivid inner worlds. It was the blossoming of a soulful friendship.
Luckily, we grew up in the small town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, surrounded by natural wonder.
We observed through our own childhoods that the more time we spent outdoors, the more nurtured we felt. This wisdom is beneficial when life is challenging and human comfort is limited. Renée and I love to share our connection with nature through language and art.
Our desire to assist children and adults in forming a deeper bond with Mother Nature cannot be contained, as we both have experienced the profound healing quality of nature. Its beauty calms the body, quiets the mind, and soothes the soul.
In the creation of Honeysuckle Hugs, I listened to the spirits of seven plants and translated their messages into words, while Renée captured their essences in images.
Renée's original artwork, throughout this book, is created using oil paint, graphite and colored pencil on wood panels. Renée hand mixed oil paints for the backgrounds including the book's linen pages and delicately rendered each image in graphite and colored pencil to genuinely represent the spirit of the plants.
Our intention is for the art and the poetry in Honeysuckle Hugs to take you on a journey where nature expands your mind and activates your imagination. We hope that in the sacred moment of sharing this book, our readers are open to the unconditional love of Mother Earth with the specific support of our plant relations.
Libby is a Yoga Therapist turned Playful Movement Enthusiast with a background in Speech and Hearing Sciences, and Behavioral Therapy. She integrates western psychology, eastern philosophy, and indigenous traditions into a unique understanding of human development, addressing the needs of the whole person for the highest good of All.
When Libby isn’t writing, she spends her time moving and breathing in the dirt, sharing her love of Mother Earth with children and adults. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her husband; two sons; and dancing dog, Dylan.
Renée is a fine artist with a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She lives and works in Los Angeles in a sun-filled studio in Inglewood, California where she can nurture her love for nature at the beach, cycling the Santa Monica mountains, gardening and making art that speaks to the natural environment.