About the Artist




I grew up surrounded by the arts of gardening, cooking, drawing, and living close to nature. I spent my childhood in the woods with a grandfather who was an artist, naturalist, hiker, and farmer. I loved his studio, the detail of his work, and his orderly collections.

He and my grandmother lived on a small farm outside New York City; they raised goats and chickens and kept a huge flower and vegetable garden. My grandmother taught me to garden and to cook, to arrange flowers, and know the birds that filled the yard. My grandfather took me to the woods and taught me the names of things; he knew the name for every flower, tree, rock, and animal. Learning names was a way to become more acquainted with the wealth and variety of nature and to begin to look at details more closely. I heard flower and animal fables, Indian legends, woodland fairy tales and nature lore; a strong kinship with nature came from that early combination of lore and legend.

I have collected, named, and arranged things, from the woods, the beach, gardens and meadows, since childhood, in accordance with the magic that they have for me. Then I found that I could draw them and make watercolors.

My work revolves around a series of subjects, largely drawn from nature; sequential drawings, watercolors, and prints that explore an idea and reflect the balances and harmonies in nature and life. My paintings and illustrations for cookbooks and gardening books bring together my loves, interests, and skills.

A deep appreciation for nature fills my life and directs my efforts, as an artist, teacher, and person. I like to share the enchantment, appreciation, understanding, and the opportunity to benefit from the joy and centering that comes from oneness with nature.


  • Drawing for Beginners by Lauren Jarrett & Lisa Lenard
    Illustrated by Lauren Jarrett, Alpha Books, June, 2000
  • The APA Guide to Natural Remedies 1999
  • The One Dish Vegetarian Cookbook, St. Martin's Press 1998
  • American Waves of Grain, Henry Holt & Co. Inc. 1998
  • The Book of Rose Care, Henry Holt & Co. Inc. 1996
  • Everyday Ettiquette, Doubleday 1996
  • For the Birds, Henry Holt & Co. Inc. 1996
  • The Gift of Prayer by Jean Dixon, Viking Studio 1995
  • Gardening for Wildlife, National Wildlife Federation 1995
  • Horticulture's Desk Reference, Horticulture Magazine 1995
  • Gardening Made Easy, Doubleday 1994
  • Family Circle's Good Cook's Book, Simon & Schuster 1993
  • Nella Cucina, William Morrow 1993
  • Pierre Franey's Cooking in America, Knopf 1992
  • Sweet Onions - Sour Cherries, Simon & Schuster 1992
  • Baking with Jim Dodge, Simon & Schuster 1990
  • Cuisine Rapide by Pierre Franey, Times Books 1989
  • Classic Sicilian Cooking, Simon & Schuster 1989
  • Easy East-West Menus, Harper & Row 1989
  • Season to Taste, Simon & Schuster 1988
  • Catalan Cuisine, MacMillan 1988
  • Kitchen Herbs, Bantam 1988
  • The New Cantonese Cooking, Viking 1988
  • A Seasonal Journal, Harry N. Abrams 1987
  • Gourmet's Best Desserts, Random House 1987
  • Soups, Salads, Pastas, Doubleday 1986
  • The Seafood Cookbook by Pierre Franey, Times Books 1986
  • Craig Claiborne's Encyclopedia of Food, Times Books 1985
  • Making and Baking Gingerbread Houses, Crown 1984
  • A Field Guide to American Houses, Knopf 1984
  • The Chinese Banquet Book, Crown 1984
  • The Fannie Farmer Baking Book, Knopf 1984
  • Springs - A Celebration, The Springs Improvement Society 1984
  • Accabonac Harbor Field Guide, The Nature Conservancy 1982
  • The Dim Sum Book, Crown 1981
  • The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, Knopf 1980



Profession :   Painter, Illustrator, Designer
Education :   University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
                        BFA in Fine Art, Art History


  • Elaine Benson Gallery Bridgehampton NY Group Shows 1983 - 1991, 2000
  • Springs Artists Invitational Show, Ashawagh Hall 1982 - 2000
  • Springs Improvement Society Members Show 1982 - 2000
  • Two Man Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY 2000
  • Five Man Show, Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY 1997
  • The Nature Conservancy Benefit Auctions 1983 - 1999
  • Group for the South For Benefit Shows 1982 - 1990
  • Artists of the Hamptons Show and Auction, Guernsey Gallery, Lexington Avenue Armory, New York, NY 1992
  • Artists of the Hamptons Show, Bologna Landi Gallery East Hampton, NY 1991
  • Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY One Man Show 1987 Two Man Show 1974 Member's Exhibits 1974 - 1996
  • The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY Juried Shows 1974 - 1979
  • Art in Public Places, Town of East Hampton, NY 1988
  • University of Connecticut, Atrium Gallery, School of Fine Arts 1987
  • One Man Show, Fresno Place, East Hampton, NY 1987
  • Giraffics Gallery, East Hampton, NY 1989, 1987
  • Gallery East, East Hampton, NY Two Man Shows 1982, 1986, 1984 Group Shows 1998, 1989, 1981 - 1986
  • One Man Show, East Hampton Town Marine Museum, NY 1985
  • One Man Show, Kitchen Arts & Letters, NY 1984
  • The Hampton Classic, Southampton, NY 1984

  • The Springs General Store, East Hampton, NY Chef/Owner 1996-1999
  • Assistant to Chef Pierre Franey 1991-1992 Studio chef for Cooking in America, Public TV Location publicity photographer and food stylist
  • Adjunct Professor, School of Fine Art, Southampton College 1990-91 Drawing/Illustration
  • The Ross School, East Hampton, Guest Instructor 1994 - 1995
  • Private Studio Classes, Drawing & Watercolor, 1986 - 1999
  • Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, Watercolor Classes, 1988 - 1989
  • The Nature Conservancy Watercolor Classes 1988 - 1996
  • Springs School Program of the Artistically Gifted 1986 - 1989
  • Southampton College Library Book Fair 1983 - 1989
  • Eastern Suffolk Young Writer's Conference 1998 - 1990
  • Southampton School Authors and Illustrators Night 1988 - 1989
  • The Parrish Art Museum, Arts and Books Night 1987
  • University of Connecticut, "Life After Art School" Seminar 1987
  • Guild Hall Museum, "Careers in the Arts" 1985
  • Vice-Chairman, The Nature Conservancy, South Fork Chapter 1984-1989
  • The Nature Conservancy Benefit 1984 - 1999

  • Ivy Acres Nursery 1999
  • The Great Bonac Footrace 1982 - 1999
  • The Springs Nursery 1995-1999
  • South Fork Trail Day 1992-1998
  • Group for the South Fork, Celebrate Our Land 1990
  • Country Journal Magazine 1990
  • Hargrave Vineyard 1989
  • Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair 1988
  • The Nature Conservancy Poster 1984
  • The Hampton Classic 1984

In a career spanning twenty years of experience in the arts, my involvement in a project varies from the production of an image to full participation, beginning with a concept, a team to implement the idea, and successful completion of the project.

Please phone or e-mail for information on the watercolors,
interest in a commission, a set of samples,
or for an appointment.

phone:  503-830-3293           e-mail:  laurenjarrett23@gmail.com

All images and other contents © 2015, Lauren Jarrett
Commission inquiries to laurenjarrett23@gmail.com