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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.
BOOKING NOW! November 9th-11th 2018, An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society www.edenproject.com/botanical-painting-course
This course, run by myself and Mally Francis, will be using autumn fruits and vegetables and other plant material from Eden to inspire us. Our courses take place in the fantastic setting of the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The courses aim to give a thorough introduction to the techniques used in botanical art, from accurate line-drawing and tonal shading to using watercolour to produce a life-like image. For further details or to book visit the Eden Project website or call the booking line on 01726 811972.
I will also be running a one-day workshop on understanding and painting ferns for the Eden Project Florilegium Society on Saturday 3rd November. For further details of the Florilegium see here.
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.
For more information click here.
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.