Monika E. de Vries Gohlke was born in Berlin, Germany. In 1956, her parents immigrated to the United States, and Monika has been living and working in New York City since then. She began her botanical art career in 1985, and has exhibited her watercolors and etchings internationally. Her work is represented in many private and public collections, notably that of Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh; New York Public Library; Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; New York Historical Society; and Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where she is a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society. Monika has been commissioned to illustrate and design for the home-furnishings market by numerous magazines and major corporations.