Paula de la Cruz lives between New York and Hawaii. Merging science with art has been her passion since studying design at Pratt Institute in New York, which led her to study botany later at the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.
Her series of works are based on rare species, but also on analysing the morphology of plants we encounter in everyday life. Paula’s illustrations of Amazon rainforest orchids and endangered Hawaiian birds have been featured in French and US publications, respectively. She has also written about contemporary floral and botanical art for The New York Times, and travel publications. In 2020, she produced a podcast, PALOOLA which highlights the intersections between botany, culture, travel and health. Above all, her work is driven by questioning the role of botanical drawing and painting in the era of technology.
Her original artwork is in private collections in Hawaii, Europe and South America. Along with her botanical art, she is currently working on a graphic novel.