The Science of Plant Color –
Quantum Mechanisms in Color Layering
Patricia Koemel presents her current research in color theory, which assists in the selection of color in the colored pencil layering process and reconstructs an accurate hue of the plant specimen in botanical illustration. This very interesting, new physiological color theory combines artistic color theory with ideas from quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, biology, bio-physiology, and bio-chemistry, and finally mathematically reconstructs physiological color from primary plant pigment absorption wavelengths.
Patricia Koemel is a botanical Illustrator and currently in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her research on Quantum Color Theory has resulted in an innovative, advanced color theory that proposes a methodological process for building and layering color in order to construct realistic hues in scientific illustration.