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I am a botanical artist working in Cornwall, where I am a Fellow of the Eden Project Florilegium Society and teach botanical painting and drawing courses at the Eden Project, the Sawpit Studio in Heligan Gardens and at RHS Rosemoor. I paint both to record species and celebrate plants. My work ranges from botanical documentation for archives and florilegia to artistic studies of plants exploring our relationship to them.

​​UPCOMING SHORT COURSES


Fresh Shoots and Spring Flowers
Sunday March 29th – Thursday April 2nd (5 day course)

Sadly this course has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. I hope to reschedule later in the year (with a slightly different subject matter!) so please watch this space.

Tulips, Fritillaries and other April Flowers
Thurs April 16th – Sunday April 19th (4 day course)

Sadly this course has had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. I hope to reschedule later in the year (with a slightly different subject matter!) so please watch this space.


These courses are open to all abilities including complete beginners and you are also welcome to come along and work on your own projects if you wish. The course costs £280 (including the £50 deposit) and this includes a two-course catered lunch each day.

The studio also has a well-stocked library, lightbox and microscope and plant material will also be provided (though you are welcome to bring your own projects to work on).

On booking for either course a non-refundable deposit of £50 is payable with the balance due two weeks prior to the course.


Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

Friday 11th-Sunday 13th September 2020ONE PLACE REMAINING!
This course will spend three days, drawing and painting in the fantastic Mediterranean biome. You will be guided through the stages of drawing your subject in graphite and then turning it into a finished watercolour. The course is £235 (10% off for Eden Members) and includes an Eden Project lunch each day and all the materials you will need to create your final piece. We will be using late summer plants from the biome to inspire us! Further details here.

Introduction to Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

Friday 9th-Sunday 11th October 2020NOW BOOKING!
This course will spend three days, mainly drawing in the Mediterranean biome but also with a half-day introduction to botany session to enhance your understanding of the plants you are illustrating. You will be guided through the stages of producing a finished graphite illustration. This course is also a brilliant way to hone your drawing skills in preparation for moving on to watercolour painting. The course is £235 (10% off for Eden Members) and includes an Eden Project lunch each day and the materials you will need to create your final piece. Further details here.



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Past News


My painting of the fern Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' was in the show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens: 'Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art'  The show opened in November 2019 and has an accompanying book and website.


The RHS Botanical Illustration Gold Medal Winners book by Charlotte Brooks was published by Accart Books in June 2019 and features my paintings of Geranium 'Patricia' and Dryopteris erythrosora.

Worth a Thousand Words exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library in London ran in summer 2019 and featured my painting of Dryopteris erythrosora.

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Gamechanger Day at the Eden Project, July 2019

I had a fantastic day at Eden's training garden meeting amazing young people from the Gamechanger project and teaching a little about how a botanical artist communicates information visually.


Spring Bulbs in Bucharest, April 2019

I was welcomed by the newly-formed the Romanian Society of Botanical Artists in Romania  to teach a Spring Bulbs workshop, organised by Irina Neacsu and the RSBA


RHS Plant and Art Show 2018

GOLD medal and BEST BOTANICAL PAINTING for my ferns and painting of Dryopteris erythrosora at the RHS London Plant and Art Fair 2018. With around 40 exhibitors from around the world this was the biggest and best show I have ever seen. It was such a pleasure meeting so many wonderful people! Running alongside the show was an exhibition in the Lindley Library of recent acquisitions including my Geranium 'Patricia' (right).


For anyone contacting me about prints please use my contact form. 


Sydney Exhibition at Kew 

My painting of Calathea zebrina was part of the Florilegium: Sydney's Painted Garden Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney in 2016 and features in the accompanying book. The exhibition will be coming to the Shirley Sherwood gallery at Kew Gardens in London from April until September 2018.

 

Royal College of Physicians book and exhibition

'The Illustrated College Herbal: Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618' was published in May, with an exhibition of the original artworks last August at the Royal College of Physicians. My illustration of Laurus nobilis is in the book and was included in the exhibition. Further details of the book launch and exhibition can be found here.

 

Online botanical art groups

With the coronavirus lockdown in full swing I have been meeting online with students old and new to paint and share our projects using the Zoom app. It's been a great way to keep going, put aside some time to paint and share our work with others.

I am now expanding this with extra days, including a day for beginners on a Friday. Our days start by meeting at 10am and students can take part in a weekly set task or work on their own projects. We 'meet' as a group again before lunch and round up at 3pm and I am available in the virtual classroom to answer queries and help during the day. Each session is friendly and informal, costs £10 and requires you to download Zoom, which is free. If you'd like further information then please contact me!



Radical Botany Exhibition at the Eden Project

This diverse exhibition includes 20 works from the Eden Project Florilegium archive. My paintings of Aristolochia gigantea (right) and Arisarum proboscideum are both included. This exhibition has sadly had to close due to coronavirus restrictions but it is hoped it will re-open and its run be extended with the re-opening of the Eden Project itself. To stay updated visit the Eden Project website.


New dates for Eden Project courses autumn 2020, now booking!

For details of three botanical art 3-day courses with the Eden Project Florilegium Society September and October 2020, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the Mediterranean Biome see below or visit the Eden website here.



Weekly courses for 2020

I teach the weekly botanical art courses at the beautiful Sawpit Studio at the Wagon House in Heligan Gardens in Cornwall. If you are interested in joining for a 10 week term of one day a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays then please contact me or to book direct with Charles Francis at the Wagon House.

Classes or currently suspended due to coronavirus but we will start up again as soon as it is safe and sensible to do so. Watch this space.



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