Online botanical art groups
With many of us still being cautious not to travel I am continuing to meet 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.
This will now be running two days a week on Thursdays and Fridays. 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 £15 and requires you to download Zoom, which is free. If you'd like further information then please contact me!
Weekly courses for 2021
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 either Tuesdays or Wednesdays then please contact me or to book direct with Charles Francis at the Wagon House.
Classes will be running with reduced numbers and social distancing and hygeine measures in place.
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.
Please use the menu at the top of the page for details of paintings, prints and cards, upcoming exhibitions and how to contact me.
UPCOMING SHORT COURSES
An Introduction to Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project Florilegium Society 5th-7th March 2021 NOW BOOKING!
Including a half-day introduction to/refresher of the basic botany useful to the botanical illustrator, delivered by a member of the Eden Horticulture Team and an introduction to the history of botanical illustration this course will introduce accurate line-drawing and tonal shading used in botanical art to make your subject appear three-dimensional, as well as helping you arrange your subject on the paper.
The course includes three days of expert tuition, lunch and refreshments each day and free entry to the Eden Project and is suitable for beginners although all levels are welcome. It is ideal as a preparation for moving on to the Introduction to Botanical Painting course.For further information or to book click here.
An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society 7th-9th May 2021NOW BOOKING!
This course will start with an introduction to the history of botanical illustration and how the traditional methods of watercolour, pen and ink and graphite have been used for centuries. We will refresh the basic drawing techniques used in botanical art: accurate line-drawing and tonal shading to make your subject appear three-dimensional, as well as helping you arrange your subject on the paper before moving on to watercolour technique, including mixing colours and using watercolour washes to build up a three-dimensional and life-like image.
The course includes three days of expert tuition, lunch and refreshments each day and free entry to the Eden Project and is suitable for beginners although all levels are welcome. It is ideal as a continuation from the Introduction to Botanical Illustration course. For further information or to book click here.
My painting of Dryopteris erythrosora is being featured in the RHS Lindley Library online exhibition 'Worth a Thousand Words, Gold Standard Botanical Art' which opened on the 17th September.
I have been running online taster days with the Eden Project using the Zoom app for competition winners. Participants were given an introduction to the history of the artform and how it is used today as well as a day of drawing and trying out botanical art techniques.
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. This exhibition is now available online.
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).
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.