looking towards 2018
Painting towards a group exhibition to be hosted by the Royal College of PhysiciansIn 2018 an exhibition is planned celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Pharmacopoeia Londinensis, a unique compendium of medicinal plants, their properties and uses.
I am one of a number of botanical artists working on paintings for this project. The plant I have selected is Eryngium maritimum (Sea Holly) which grows on the shingle banks of the Norfolk coastline not far from my home.
See historic plate below.
Painting towards a group exhibition July 2017, The Halesworth Gallery, SuffolkThis July a botanical art exhibition will be held in Halesworth, Suffolk as part of the 200 year celebration of the birth of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker.
J D Hooker was Charles Darwin's closest friend and one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the C19th. For twenty years he served as director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, succeeding his father, William Jackson Hooker.
The exhibition will feature works of students, staff and Alumni of Chelsea School of Botanical Art.
Painting accepted for jurored exhibition Spring 2017, The Garden Museum, LondonI am excited that my painting on vellum of heritage variety Prunus ‘Kirke’s Blue’ (see detail) was selected for an exhibition about The Tradescants – famous C17th plants hunters and gardeners to King Charles I.
The Garden Museum will reopen in Spring 2017 with five new galleries, the country’s first Archive of Garden Design and new and improved facilities including a bigger, brighter café and two education rooms.
The Museum is located on the south bank of the Thames opposite The Palace of Westminster and Tate Britain.
Appointed Course Director, Diploma Course, Chelsea School of Botanical ArtI have now into my second year as Course Director of The Diploma in Botanical Painting at Chelsea School of Botanical Art. I am teaching a new group of eager students who look like being a talented bunch. The students I began with last year are all now hard at work on their final projects – a personal portfolio of six paintings on a theme of their choice.
This well structured curriculum is taught by professional botanical artists and utilises specialist tutors of botany and illustration tutors who also work at RBG Kew. Live and video demonstrations plus visits to important museums and resources complete what I believe to be the best face-to-face tuition available in this genre.
Accepted as Fellow of the Linnean Society, LondonThe Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829.
I was honoured to be accepted as a Fellow which gives me access to interesting events and one the World’s most extensive Natural History Libraries.
People’s Choice Award, ASBA Annual Meeting, Miami, FlAs a member of The American Society of Botanical Artists, I like to attend their annual meetings whenever I can. Its a chance to meet up with the many botanical artists friends I have made through this organisation from all over the world.
The annual meetings are held in a different US city each year and last year was Miami, Fl. I was delighted to get the peoples choice award for my graphite drawing of artichokes.
Two of my commissions this year
Talas Award at 16th Annual International ASBA at The Horticultural Society of New YorkThis Rhubarb with roots was my first ever entry into a jurored ASBA show and won an award.
Invited to paint for The Transylvania FlorilegiumI was very honoured to be invited as part of the first group of botanical artists to paint wild flowers at Zalanpatak, a village of only about 150 inhabitants deep in the wooded countryside. It was an unforgettable journey back in time. We also visited the high pastures which were simply stunning.
Two works (Stachys germanica L. Downy Woundwort and Digitalis grandiflora Mill. Large-flowered Yellow Foxglove) have been selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania. I hope to submit my final work by mid of 2017
Exhibited as part of ‘Amicus Botanicus’, LondonI exhibited work in the second exhibition of the group at he gallery in Mayfair, London
Painting selected for inclusion in Volume 1 of The Highgrove FlorilegiumWith the help of former Head Gardener of Highgrove David Howard, HRH The Prince of Wales chose a representative selection of plants in the garden of Highgrove in Gloucestershire for inclusion in The Highgrove Florilegium.
I was honoured to be invited along with many leading botanical artists from around the world to paint examples of these plants and trees. The painting of Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’ was selected for inclusion in Volume 1 (image not shown above).
Anne-Marie Evans OBE, MA FLS, the artist who developed the diploma course in Botanical Painting at the Chelsea Physic Garden, led a selection panel who ensured that the paintings mett the highest standards.
Exhibited as part of ‘Amicus Botanicus’, LondonAs one of the founding 11 members of the Amicus Botanicus group – I exhibited a series of paintings of Peonies on vellum and paper at their inaugural show.
Awarded RHS Silver Gilt Medal, LondonThis painting of Echeveria lauii was one of a series of six paintings of succulents which was awarded an RHS Silver Gilt medal
Work selected for 12th International Exhibition, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh PAThis painting of Astrophytum myriostigma var. nudum was one of two of my succulents selected for the Hunt. One was retained in their permanent collection.
Awarded Diploma (Distinction) in Botanical Painting from English Gardening School, LondonIn 2004, following a BA Hons and a long career in design for retail and packaging, I joined the two year part-time Diploma Course in Botanical Painting of the English Gardening School based at Chelsea Physic Garden, London graduating in 2006. During this intensive course I was tutored by Helen Allen, Mariella Baldwin, Gillian Barlow, Anne Marie Evans OBE and Pandora Sellars.