children grew, family trips would often involve stopping at
roadsides along the way to hunt for specimens and Rica would
make the preliminary sketches. The microscopic detail and
colour had to be recorded before the plant faded.
would take off in the September holidays or the August holidays
or an odd weekend anywhere, or just a trip down to Perth
on business, I'd keep my eyes open for anything I thought
was what I was after, and I'd say 'stop,' and of course
it's not easy to stop a car in midstream as you might say.
So then I'd have to back-pedal perhaps a quarter of a mile.
Syd used to say they whistled at me, and sure enough there
it would be. Then he was able to find occasionally a trigger
plant that I was looking for and hadn't seen. He was very
proud of that. He never ever said much about it, but other
people always told me. (Battye Library, OH 2528, p. 11)
response to a request from the Hunt botanical library of Pittsburgh,
USA, Rica sent pieces for their collection in 1969, including
the original frontispieces of her books Orchids of the
West and Plants of Prey.
Archives collection at the Battye Library holds the originals
of nearly 500 of Rica Erickson's botanical art works from
1932 to 1992, including those used to illustrate her books
Orchids of the West, Triggerplants and Plants
of Prey in Australia. (ACC 5448A)
here to read the list of items in the Rica Erickson archives.
continues to work on and exhibit her botanical art through
the Botanical Artists Group (BAGs). The six original artists,
Rica Erickson, Patricia Dundas, Penelope Leech, Philippa Nikulinsky,
Margaret Pieroni and Katrina Syme, came together in 1991 at
an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia , called
'Wildflowers In Art' and decided to meet regularly to pursue
and develop their skills as botanical artists.