A Garden-Thirsty Soul: A Comic about Maria Oakey Dewing

An Overview

This comic is part of a series Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists that illuminates the stories of ten women artists in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Inspired by graphic novels, these short takes on artists’ lives were each drawn by a woman student-illustrator from the Ringling College of Art and Design.

Born in 1845, the American painter known for her depiction of flowers described herself as a “Garden-Thirsty Soul.” Maria Oakey Dewing’s promising career was overshadowed by her marriage to a more famous artist. Her artworks remain unsurpassed in celebrating the beauty of the natural world.