My mission is to notice and creatively celebrate the hidden wonders of the natural world.

My story

Hello! I'm Rosalie.

Ever since I was a little girl growing up on my family’s farm in West Virginia, art was my way to quietly observe and document the world around me. My drawings were a bit all over the place–one day I'd write and illustrate a story about my hamsters getting into mischief and the next I'd sketch out my future dream home (complete with a three-story slide, of course). 

I was exposed to camping, canoeing and similar outdoor activities as a kid, but it wasn’t until high school and college that my chronic migraines led me to seek relief on slow, gentle walks outside. I began to form a deep relationship with nature that stemmed from gratitude and curiosity.

My passions for nature and art officially fused in 2017 when I founded Rosalie Haizlett Illustration and began to create watercolor illustrations featuring the interesting plants and animals that I stumbled upon during my hikes. Since then, I have traveled all over the United States doing artist residencies in national parks and wildlife refuges, have written a nature-inspired watercolor workbook, created video classes to share my top tips for painting nature, and have partnered with 100+ independent shops to carry my collections of art prints. I am currently writing and illustrating my second book (Mountaineers Books, 2024), which will take readers along on a 6-month trip through the Appalachian Mountains as I walk slowly & illustrate the tiny wonders that I encounter.

When I'm not painting or hiking, you can find me cozied up on the couch with a book and a cup of chamomile, playing screechy bluegrass songs on my fiddle, or perusing thrift shops in search of vintage treasures.

Here are a few organizations that I've been honored to collaborate with:


Rosalie Haizlett Illustration

My work is based in the wild and wonderful hills of West Virginia. Through my art, I share my appreciation for the natural world by creating vibrant watercolor art prints, illustrated nature books and online classes to help others connect to their own surroundings using their creativity.

Residencies & honors

2023 Artist-in-Residence – Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History

2022 Eckelberry Fellow – Drexel Academy of Natural Sciences

2021 Artist-in-Residence – Desert National Wildlife Refuge

2019 Artist-in-Residence – National Audubon Society at Hog Island, ME

2018 Artist-in-Residence – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

2017 Emerging Artist Fellow – Tamarack Foundation for the Arts

Check out my art portfolio