Elizabeth Burke-Dain worked for many years at The Art Institute of Chicago. In creating her own work, her influences span from the eccentric collage boxes of Joseph Cornell to the post-modern document photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Her work is a modern interpretation of the botanical collage tradition.

While her images are clearly leaf specimens, they also reflect the inspiration she derives from late twentieth century art and design. Burke-Dain harvests leaves collected from conservatories and botanic gardens and makes botanic collages to be sold as a special document of the places where these beautiful plants are housed.

However, it's always about the leaf no matter if it grows in Sri Lanka or in her back yard. She brings out the most unique part of the leaf and draws our attention to it. After choosing the most impressive leaves, Elizabeth places them in a dehydrating chamber for several weeks until they are perfectly dry and flat. She then coats them in a preservative that will maintain the leaf's shape. The artistry is in how she composes the pieces and in what leaves are chosen to create a work of art that will delight its owner for years to come.