Mary Frank Cardamone said for as long as she can remember she’s been a visual artist who is passionate about nature and ecology. Her work is currently on display at the Tucson Museum of Art as part of the Desert Grasslands exhibition.

“I’m a botanical artist,” said Cardamone. “I’m inspired by botanical ideas and specimen mounting.”

Cardamone’s work at the TMA Desert Grassland’s exhibition explores the complex role that grass plays in the ecology of the Southwestern landscape. “Poa with Asphalt,” a large mixed-media on paper work depicts a diverse collection of grasses growing out of a piece of asphalt –a statement on how man and nature are inextricably connected, said the artist.

“My idea has to do with taking the plant apart,” said Cardamone. “It’s the big picture, the ecological, the medicinal, the historical aspects of a plant.”

Desert Grasslands continues at the Tucson Museum of Art through July 7th.