L.J. Richbow is a graphite pencil artist. She grew up in New York and Georgia, respectively. She has loved drawing from as far back as she can remember. As a child, she filled notebooks with drawings of various things. After moving to Georgia at the age of 13, however, she gradually lost interest in drawing and would not rediscover it for many years. She subsequently received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in anthropology.
She has spent the last six years teaching English as a foreign language in different countries. She taught English in Fukushima and Aichi, Japan. In fact, it was her students’ Christmas drawing activity that revived her interest in drawing in December 2016. She is currently based in Hokkaido, Japan.
Drawing flowers, especially roses, accounts for much of her experience, but she is presently diversifying that experience to include many different kinds of flowers, landscapes, seascapes, etc. Her drawings are largely representational, based on photos she has taken at parks, gardens, and islands in Japan. She also occasionally does figurative art, believing that there is so much that you can communicate about life by drawing people, but her passion and focus is floral art. Capturing the beauty of nature has always been her goal, believing that there is so much beauty in nature that a life spent trying to capture it would not be a wasted life.