Anna Koska’s glorious illustrations of the natural world

Sophia Ford-Palmer
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Photo credit: Anna Koska
Photo credit: Anna Koska

From Town & Country

Capturing soaring birds, fragile flowers and gossamer-winged dragonflies, Anna Koska has illustrated more than 100 books throughout her 25-year career. Her debut journal, From Field & Forest: An artist’s year in paint and pen, takes you on a journey through nature’s splendour, from the verdant landscape of summer to the chilly climes of winter.

Photo credit: Anna Koska
Photo credit: Anna Koska

Known for her detailed drawings of fruit and vegetables, Koska has collaborated with chefs, writers and publishers around the world, establishing herself as one of the UK’s leading natural-history illustrators. Using a combination of watercolour, oils, pen and ink, and most recently egg tempera, Koska’s work celebrates the rhythm of nature, translating the fauna and flora she discovers in her surrounding countryside into art.

Photo credit: Anna Koska
Photo credit: Anna Koska

“My enduring obsession has always been to portray the hidden (and often missed) details of nature,” she says. “I have come realise how our lives are dictated by the ebb and flow of each season, and I wanted to write about this ‘relationship’ that we have with nature.” Koska’s vivid accounts, coupled with her illustrations, create an evocative tale that almost serenades you in melodious bird song, or the gentle hum of bees.

A recent move to Dartmouth in Devon has Koska marvelling at our coastal companions, leading the artist to fresh ideas “I’m finding it irresistible not to be enthralled by my new surroundings. So I’ve been spending a lot of time beachcombing and gathering new models to illustrate,” Koska says. With an abundance of inspiration at her doorstop, we can’t wait to see what comes next.

Photo credit: Anna Koska
Photo credit: Anna Koska

From Field & Forest: An artist’s year in paint and pen’ by Anna Koska (£14.99, Pavilion Books) is published on 4 March.