Calathea zebrina was part of the Florilegium: Sydney's Painted Garden Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney from 30th July-30th October 2016 and features in the accompanying book.

Aristolochia labiata was included in the 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration in Pittsburgh and will now become part of the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation's permanent collection.

Courses for 2017: Botanical Painting Courses at the Eden Project

A Complete Introduction to Botanical Drawing and Painting Mon 27th to Fri 31st March 2017

I will be teaching this week-long course along with Mally Francis in the fantastic setting of the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The course aims to give a thorough introduction to the techniques used in botanical art, from accurate drawing and tonal shading to using watercolour techniques to produce a lifelike image. An introduction to botany for artists will be included. For further details or to book visit the Eden Project website or call bookings on 01726 811972.

The following courses will also be running: Preparing a Botanical Study Page 12th-14th May 2017 and An introduction to Botanical Illustration: Fruits of Eden 6th-8th October 2017 with two of the three tutors: myself, Mally Francis and Ros Franklin.

My painting of Aristolochia fimbriata will be appearing in the show 'Botanical Beauty' at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond from 25th February to 1st April 2017.

The exhibition showcases contemporary British botanical illustrations in a variety of styles.


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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. 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.

laura Silburn botanical art