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The work below is a mixture of collected paintings and illustrations. if you are interested in purchasing an original painting or illustration or a print not yet available in the shop please get in touch.  I also have prints and cards available of various of these images, available from the shop.

Click on the images for more information about each work.

 

If you are interested in a commission or in working with me please get in touch.

A huge thank you to James Potter for his fantastic reproductions.

Arisaema ink shoots

Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge
70cm x 50cm & 30cm x 50cm

I decided to come back to the ink shoots series as I enjoyed depicting the silhouettes and patterns within the arisaema so much. I chose to work on larger sheets and with some, I increased the size of the depiction as well. I am absolutely in love with Japanese ink paste and the effects that I can get with it, and really relish the moments when I see my plants in a captivating shape that I think will work for this series.

Cards of some of these are available in the shop.

Arisaema griffithii var pradhanii  ink shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema griffithii ink shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema griffithii ink shoots II Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema costatum ink shoots - 3 shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema griffithii ink shoots - smaller shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema ringens ink shoots - 3 shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema costatum ink shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema cilliatum ink shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema tortuosum ink shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema costatum ink shoots - 2 shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema griffithii ink shoots - larger shoots Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail

Arisaema biseasonal watercolour paintings

RHS Gold medal and BISCOT gold medal winning series 2019.

watercolour on Fabriano 5
450mm x 320mm

I decided (after lusting after these at various flower shows) to try my hand at growing arisaema, with no more gumption than a desire to own the flowers and having recently acquired a bit of garden and needing a topic for my final diploma year at RBGE, these paintings are the results of a number of years of growing and studying these amazing plants, which are happily really well adapted to a small Edinburgh garden (-_-).

Cards are available in the shop.

Ariseama serratum watercolour on Fabriano 5 - detail
Ariseama ringens watercolour on Fabriano 5 - detail
Arisaema intermedium watercolour on Fabriano 5 - detail
Ariseama consanguineum watercolour on Fabriano 5 - detail
Ariseama griffithii watercolour on Fabriano 5 - detail

Arisaema ink shoots

Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge
A3

I was intrigued to see if I could develop my ink shoot series with a screen printing process. I wanted to try a few things, the reintroduction of colour to the black and white image, and also the introduction of some kind of background element. I opted to work with geometric images in the background as I needed to find something simple enough to set of the detail in the plant images bit also something bold enough to stand strongly with them.

I used a simplified colour palate from my original colour matching for my water colour paintings and used the cataphyll* and stem colours in the geometric shapes, I was really wowed with the block colours and decided to really punch them up to compliment the almost black details. I have to say I loved making these, I really enjoyed the screen printing process, and I was also so please to be using the resources that I have worked with over a number of years to create new pieces of work with punch and vigour.
*the outer sheaves that protect the growing shoots

Arisaema galeiforme Serizawa with geometric styling screen print on Somerset - detail
Arisaema griffithii with geometric styling screen print on Somerset - detail
Arisaema ringens with geometric styling screen print on Somerset - detail
Arisaema consanguineum with geometric styling screen print on Somerset - detail
Arisaema tortuosum with geometric styling screen print on Somerset - detail

Arisaema ink shoots

Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge
A3

While I was painting my Arisaema I wanted to illustrate these growing shoots because they were so fascinating, so I did a drawing for each of my specimens, it was such an amazing experience, one which I will be repeating! All of these have been sold.

I was inspired by Sarah Simblet who came to the Diploma course and did a day with us, she was amazing.

Some of these are available as prints and cards in the shop.

Arisaema costatum ink shoots  Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema geliforme Serizawa ink shoots  Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema ringens ink shoots  Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema intermedium ink shoots  Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail
Arisaema consanguineum ink shoots  Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge - detail

Ariseama tubers

architectural pen on Bristol board
A3

Prints available as A4, A3 on request

Cards are available in the shop.

Arisaema costatum tuber pen and ink on Bristol board
Arisaema galiforme Serizawa tuber pen and ink on Bristol board
Arisaema ringens tuber pen and ink on Bristol board
Arisaema intermedium tuber pen and ink on Bristol board
Arisaema consanguineum tuber pen and ink on Bristol board
Arisaema griffithii tuber pen and ink on Bristol board

Fernation vernation

BISCOT Silver medal winning series 2014.

watercolour on Fabriano 5
28.7cm wide x 40cm high

Silver award winning submission for BISCOT 2014, these paintings are the sum of five years work due for entry in the 2014 BISCOT competition. The requirements for BISCOT entry are submission of a minimum of six paintings on a botanical theme. The inspiration for this set of paintings for BISCOT is a verdant colour palette and the fascinating shapes and diversity to be found in the fern family. My love of ferns goes back to childhood walks and play both in Scotland and Nigeria, discovering ferns secreted away in water runnels, hidden up trees, unfurling and eking out life in unusual and out of bounds nooks, unbound by regular garden cultivation.

Cards are available in the shop.

Ferns Platycerium sp watercolour on Fabriano 5
Ferns Dryopteris affinis watercolour on Fabriano 5
Ferns Asplenium nidus watercolour on Fabriano 5
Ferns Dryopteris seboldii watercolour on Fabriano 5
Ferns Asplenium antiquum Victoria watercolour on Fabriano 5
Ferns Phlebodium aureum watercolour on Fabriano 5

Floral & Tree

various in watercolour on fabriano 5
sizes various

some work undertaken during the first year of the Diploma in Botanical Illustration at RBGE

Fruits, Seeds & Leaves & small works

various in watercolour on Fabriano 5 except for the leaf in polychromos colour pencil on Fabriano 5
various smallish pieces

Prints and cards are available in the shop.