Between 1973 and 1979, Wilson-Ramsey worked on illustrations for the Flora
of Panama project based at the Missouri Botanical Garden. In 1985 she began
a four-year project, her favorite to date, at the Bishop Musuem in Honolulu,
Hawai’i. Here she worked as the sole illustrator for the Manual
of the Flowering Plants of Hawai'i. Twelve years ago Wilson-Ramsey returned
to the Missouri Botanical Garden to work on the Flora
of North America.
Her illustrations can now be found in nine volumes of the anticipated thirty
volume project. Beginning in 2001, she was promoted to Art Director and
Illustrator for the project, which allows her to contribute her own illustrations
as well as coordinate the efforts of several other contributing artists.
Wilson-Ramsey’s work has been featured in national and international
exhibitions. She has been commissioned to create artwork for celebrities
such as television and film star James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano in The
Sopranos) and Prince Andrew of the English Royal Family. In 1987 at a World
Wildlife Fund symposium, Prince Phillip of England requested a private
viewing of original artwork created by Wilson-Ramsey for the Manual of
the Flowering Plants of Hawai'i.
In addition to Wilson-Ramsey’s work on the Flora of North America,
she receives regular commissions from the Missouri Botanical Garden
staff to illustrate scientific papers, often portraying species new
to science. In the near future she hopes to return to one of
her early artistic loves; oil and watercolor painting of plants and