At first a plant can just be background information, but when you take the time to see, a myriad of little details jump out at you. I am usually surrounded by plants, they sooth and centre me. I want to share this feeling along with the intricate details that I find fascinating and absorbing when you get up close.
When I was 15, I visited the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh’s festival exhibition of “The Botanical Paintings of Rory McEwan” I immediately went home and tried to reproduce watercolours of dried leaves and paint sweet peas. I wasn’t able to accomplish my vision and match my inspiration at that time, but a seed was sown…
Much later I began evening classes in botanical illustration at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Alicia Salizar, our tutor, looked at my work and said, ”I know what you want to do.” With that, she began to show me how to accomplish paintings that matched my aims. Need I say that Alicia is an amazing woman and artist?
I graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Friday 8th September 2017.I was awarded a distinction and received the Eve Bennett award for Botanical Illustration.
I feel that now more than ever, that a focus on plant life and their place in our ecology is important to our world. I wish to draw attention to botany and the beauty found in nature through contemporary botanical exhibits and I hope to remind us how important plants are to our survival as part of our now very delicate ecosystem.
Gold award, Arisaema infloresence & fruit, RHS 2019
Gold award, Arisaema infloresence & fruit, BISCOT 2019
Open Eye Gallery Award Winner at VAS Open 2019 – awarded an exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery.
RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration, with distinction 2017
Eve Reid Bennett Award for Botanical Illustration 2017
Silver award, Fernation, BISCOT 2014
“the Botanical Artist” December 2019, Volume 25, Issue 4 – Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists
“Scottish plant lore an illustrated flora” by Gregory Kenicer, 2018
I am based in Edinburgh.
I would like to thank the following people for their support and encouragement: thank you guys!
Alex Hazlewood, Elspeth Third, Donald Third, RBGE, Alicia Salazar, Greg Kenicer, Al Elliot, Jacqui Pestell, Sharon Tingey, Lizzy Sanders, Claire Banks, Sarah Simblet, James Potter, Andrew Ensole, Pamela Richardson, Louise Olley, Claire McGhee, Anne Swan, Janis Bain, Fiona Strickland, Robert Mcneil, Lawrie MaCallum, Andrea Geile, Jason and Lucy, Lara Matthews, Mike Keep, Mike, Tim Penrose & Dick Hayward and Steven & Kerry.
I have other illustration work here if you fancy a look www.treacherous.co.uk