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.
Due to their popularity 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 now runs 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 review work before lunch and start our final review at 3pm. I am available in the virtual classroom to answer queries and help during the day where most participants stay to paint together.
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 from 18th May 2021.
UPCOMING SHORT COURSES
An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society July 24th-26th 2021
This course suitable for complete beginners or those new to botanical art although all levels are welcome.
The 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. For further information or to book click here.
September Flowers: Forms and Shapes at the Sawpit Studios, Heligan, Sunday 5th - Wednesday 8th September 2021
From Fuschias to Rudbeckias and Gladioli to Kniphofias, September has a lot to offer with an array of different shapes of flowers giving us a late summer show. We will be in the wonderful Sawpit Studio at Heligan to look at why flowers have so many variations of shape and why we need to show this in botanical art as well as looking at the techniques botanical artists use to do this.
Understanding how parts of plants fit together will help us draw more precisely in order to make accurate representations of our material when we move into paint. We will focus on blooms so will use a selection of horticultural varieties available: participants can focus on one plant for the whole four days or look at creating a composition showing a selection or different flower types. The course will be informal and participants are welcome to bring along their own plant material or projects underway if they wish. The course is suitable for any level including complete beginners as most of the teaching over the four days will be done one to one.
The course is £280 for the four days plus we will be once again having the fabulous fully-catered two-course lunches each day. The course takes place in the beautiful and well-equipped studio with its own library, light box and microscope. To book please contact me.
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.