Virginia Rinkel is an artist who lives in Michigan and likes to work in watercolor. Currently, she is working on a non-fiction picture book about the American chestnut tree.
Chestnut is not an easily remembered household word in America, as our 4 billion chestnut trees died in the early 1900's from a disease the scientists named "chestnut blight." More than two generations have lost the knowledge that these trees ever existed. From Maine to Georgia, the whole tree provided a way of life, for Americans, especially those living in the Appalacian Mountains. The trees gave their sweet nuts to turkeys, wildlife and humans alike, and their wood was used for making telephone poles, railroad ties, fences, houses, beds, cribs, coffins and much more. Today, scientists continue to make progress in finding ways to fight the chestnut blight disease. They've discovered some amazing facts.
Virginia even raises some edible chestnut trees. Hers have a 'tail'. Horse chestnuts have no tail, and will make you sick if you try to eat them. This sets each of them apart. Sometimes I draw them as characters as well. I hope you enjoy this viewing this site..