Artists' Biographies

A detail from The Highgrove Florilegium





Beverly Allen
b. Sydney, Australia 1945. After studying fashion design and commercial arts, Beverly worked as a designer and illustrator before taking up botanical art in 1997. She has exhibited around the world including at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and the American Society of Botanical Artists. She was awarded a Gold Medal in 2007 at the Royal Horticultural Society Show and is President of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Her work can be found in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Botanic Gardens Trust in Sydney and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

Helen Allen FLS  b. London, England 1948. Helen came to botanical painting after careers in textile design, teaching and scientific research. Helen’s background in design and research, together with a profound interest in plants, took her to The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden to study for the Diploma in Botanical Illustration. Five years later, Helen became involved in teaching botanical illustration at The English Gardening School, becoming Course Director in 2005. She is a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London and the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and member of The Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and in many private collections.

 

 

Fay Ballard b. Twickenham, England 1957. Fay is the daughter of novelist J.G. Ballard. She studied History of Art at Sussex University and after a successful career in the offices of the Tate and the Royal Academy, Fay decided to pursue her own artistic career. She graduated from Central Saint Martins and has the Diploma in Botanical Illustration from The English  Gardening School. She has exhibited internationally. Her paintings have been widely published, her work is in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and she is an Associate Member of the Royal Watercolour Society.

Caroline Barber b. Bristol, England 1940. In the 1960s Caroline travelled around the Far East and South East Asia. In Japan she studied the art of Sosaku Hanga, working with the great Kyoto artist Tomikichiro Tokuriki. She later studied traditional batik techniques in Jogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2002 she developed an interest in botanical painting, in particular the work of Jacques  Le Moyne de Morgues. She studied Botanical Painting with Anne-Marie Evans, later enrolling on the Botanical Illustration course at The English Gardening School. She has exhibited at the King’s Lynn Festival and Lincoln Cathedral.

Isobel Bartholomew b. Birmingham, England 1943. Isobel first trained in the hotel and catering industry. After qualifying as a teacher, she became a lecturer in catering subjects in technical colleges. Whilst running a Hotel School on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, she was inspired by the exotic colours of the tropical flora. Previously having no formal training, she began experimenting with watercolours for the first time, painting indigenous plants. On returning to England in 1984 she took a course in Botanical Illustration with Margaret Merrit. She now teaches painting herself and has been  awarded nine Royal Horticultural Society medals. Isobel has contributed to illustrations in the Royal Horticultural Society’s New Dictionary of Gardening and has work in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library. Her paintings are included in several publications including Dr Shirley Sherwood’s book A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks.

Stephanie Berni b. Bristol, England 1949. Stephanie started her professional life as a special needs teacher. However she began botanical painting in 1996, joining The English Gardening School Diploma in Botanical Illustration under Anne-Marie Evans. Stephanie is particularly interested in the colour and the intricate detail of plants and is inspired by viewing them as if seen by a bee. She has exhibited as part of the Botanical Artists Group and has paintings in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her painting of an Australian Tree Fern is famously on the front cover of A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art.

Evelyn Binns b. Orpington, England 1945. After a career in advertising, Evelyn studied art and design and then began painting as a botanical watercolour artist. Painted at actual size, her subjects vary enormously from flowers to fruit and vegetables. Evelyn has exhibited internationally and has illustrated educational reference books. She has been awarded seven Royal Horticultural Society medals for her work. Evelyn’s work can be found in the collections of the Lindley Library, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Royal Hospital Chelsea and Shirley Sherwood. Evelyn also has pictures in a private Royal collection. Click here to view Evelyn's Web-site.

Valerie Bolas b. Dover, England 1938. After studying biology and art at university, for many years Valerie ran a nursery in Maidstone. However, inspired by an exhibition organised by Shirley Sherwood, Valerie joined the Botanical Illustration course at The English Gardening School in 1995. She has exhibited in the UK and the USA and is a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal winner. Commissioned to paint and draw for the G-Pharma research project, Valerie also leads a Botanical Painting Group at Brogdale. She has work included in publications including The Medicinal Uses of Cannabis and Cannabinoids.

Marie-Christine Bouvier b. Geneva, Switzerland 1952. Marie-Christine took a postgraduate degree in Art and holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from The English Gardening School. Having previously worked as a schoolteacher, Marie-Christine now runs botanical painting workshops in Switzerland. She has exhibited in London and Munich and is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

Dr Valerie Bradburn MB, BS, DObstRCOG, MFFPRCOG b. Sidcup, England 1937. Valerie qualified in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London University in 1961. She had an extensive medical career, which culminated in paediatrics, and studied botany in her early medical training. Just before she retired, Valerie started painting botanical watercolours, taking instruction from Anne-Marie Evans. Valerie is now a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society having had paintings accepted for its archives and published in the book Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries’ Garden. She has had work exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and at The Society of Botanical Artists in the UK.

Jenny Brasier b. Alvechurch, England 1936. Jenny attributes her artistic talent to her grandfather who was a fine draughtsman and inspired her with his many books on natural history. She studied both science and art, later becoming a lecturer; she also learnt Braille, which taught her precision and patience. Jenny’s work is held in many collections and has been widely published. She has specialised in the illustration of species of Cyclamen and Hosta and is the first to have painted a number of plants. Her work has been exhibited in the Smithsonian, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum. She has been awarded five Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and is currently President of the Eden Project Florilegium.

Dr Andrew Brown b. Carshalton, England 1948. Andrew read Botany at Oxford and has a PhD in vegetation history from Cambridge. He taught biology for thirty years, mostly as Head of Department at Westminster School in London. He has painted and drawn plants from childhood and has been awarded four Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals. He now works as a freelance illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and his preferred medium is watercolour on paper. He has no artistic training, ascribing his skills to inheritance from his grandfathers, both of whom were good draughtsmen. Latterly, at Kew, he has produced large numbers of pen and ink drawings for taxonomic papers and monographs. Andrew’s work is in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

Jane Bruce b. London, England 1947. Jane studied art and exhibited her landscapes and etchings from 1987 to 1991. Her interest in gardening led her to take the Diploma in Botanical Illustration at The English Gardening School where, on graduation, her work was Highly Commended. Since taking up botanical illustration she has exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and has had other exhibitions in London and the United States. She was awarded a Royal Horticultural
Society Gold Medal in 1999.

 

Elizabeth Cadman b. Chelmsford, England 1946. Elizabeth studied printed textile design at Hornsey Art School in London. She then followed a career in design and illustration. In 1999, she undertook the course in Botanical Illustration at The English Gardening School. Since then, she has exhibited in London and the USA. She has work in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and other private collections. Elizabeth is married to the former Chairman of The Prince’s Foundation, Professor David Cadman. It was Elizabeth and David’s discussions with Anne-Marie Evans that led to the establishment of The Highgrove Florilegium.

Diana Carmichael b. Penrhyn Bay, Wales 1926. Diana trained in Fine Art. She worked as an industrial designer and later became an art teacher, working in Zimbabwe. Diana moved to South Africa in 1985. She has attended Botanical Master Classes with Jenny Phillips, Siriol Sherlock and Katie Lee as well as Woodcut with John Moore. She also studied for six years with printmaker Phillipa Hobbs specialising in detailed dry point etching of natural history subjects. In 2008 Diana’s painting of a Lachenalia won the Purchase Award in the Natural History Museum of New York State and she also exhibited at the Kirstenbosch Biennale and in the Oppenheimer Exhibition of Insects. Diana runs her own art studio in Riverclub, Johannesburg, teaching the application of all media.

Gillian Condy b. Kenya 1952. Gillian trained as a scientific illustrator at Middlesex Polytechnic followed by completing a Masters from the Royal College of Art. After working in Botswana she took up a position as the Artist in Residence at the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute. Gillian has participated in over ninety group exhibitions worldwide, including those of the Royal Horticultural Society in London (seven Gold and four Silver-Gilt Medals) and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her work  is represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and she has won a Gold Medal at Kirstenbosch and a Jill Smythies Award at The Linnean Society of London. In August 1996 she presented then President Nelson Mandela with a painting of ‘Mandela's Gold,’ named after him.

Jill Coombs b. Horsham, England 1935. Jill studied illustration and ceramics at art college and worked as an industrial designer before having children. She became a botanical artist 30 years ago after studying with Mary Grierson, artist in residence at Kew. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for Kew publications on the flora of Iraq, Qatar and Egypt. She also illustrated Beth Chatto's Plant Portraits and the Collins Gem Herbs for Cooking and Health. Jill’s work is in private collections in the USA, Australia, Japan and the UK and represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Lindley Library, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Four of her paintings hang in the blue drawing room at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Jill holds three Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals.

Joanna Craig-McFeely b. Beckenham, England 1934. Joanna began her career as a physiotherapist; however she came to botanical painting after becoming intrigued by a small very detailed picture of a Horse-chestnut tree. Joanna now holds six Royal Horticultural Society medals: four Silver-Gilt, one Silver and one Bronze. In 1994 she was given the Joyce Cummings Presentation Award for best botanical watercolour. Her work is published in The Apothecaries’ Garden: a History of the Chelsea Physic Garden and in The Art of Botanical Painting where it was also selected for the cover. Joanna is on the council of the Society of Botanical Artists.

Celia Crampton b. Nyasaland, now Malawi 1941. Celia studied Design at the National College of Art, Dublin and spent a career in architectural stained glass culminating in ten years in the Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Workshop. A course in Botanical Drawing at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, led her to complete the Diploma in Botanical Illustration at The English Gardening School, and to a new beginning. She has exhibited in group shows in the UK and USA and has won a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal. Her work is now represented in the collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Lindley Library, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Hampton Court Florilegium. She has been the Artist in Residence at Hidcote Manor Garden and her work is to be included in The Power of Plants exhibition in the new Shirley Sherwood Gallery, in 2009.

Sally Crosthwaite b. Woking, England 1944. Sally began painting flowers as a child. In 1994 she took Anne-Marie Evans’s Botanical Illustration Diploma at The English Gardening School, receiving a Distinction. Her work is in collections at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and other UK and foreign collections. Sally’s tulip and fruit and Agapanthus paintings appear on porcelain plates including a set of tulips on a Limoges dinner service. Sally was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal for her paintings of plants from the Iridaceae family. She is a Founder Member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and belongs to the American Society of Botanical Artists. For information about Sally please visit her web-site.

 

Brigitte E.M. Daniel b. Beaconsfield, England 1959. Brigitte has had a lifelong interest in the natural world and its inhabitants; however this relationship with nature has been affected by a rare illness which made it impossible for her to complete her degree in Botany at University College London. Brigitte has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which has left her fragile and in great physical pain. Drawing and painting has become a lifeline for Brigitte and provides a way of coping with what is happening to her. Her work is held by the Lindley Library, The National Gallery and Museum of Wales and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. She has been awarded six Gold Medals and one Silver-Gilt Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Rachael Dawson b. Dronfield, England 1972. Rachael is relatively new to the field of botanical art. She originally trained and worked as a primary school teacher before attending The English Gardening School’s Botanical Painting Diploma, tutored by Anne-Marie Evans in 2003. Until recently her time has been divided between painting and primary school teaching but she intends to devote more time to botanical painting and has recently accepted an invitation from the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to produce paintings for their exhibition in 2010.

Angélique de Folin b. Paris, France 1963. Angélique studied art and jewellery design in Paris and worked in various artists’ studios before taking up porcelain painting. She had her own porcelain studio for many years until she moved to the UK and took the Diploma in Botanical Illustration with Anne-Marie Evans at The English Gardening School. She then became so passionate about painting plants that she gave up porcelain and concentrated entirely on botanical painting. She had a solo exhibition at Hortus in London. She has work in the book Flower Paintings from the Apothecaries’ Garden and in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation collection.

Elisabeth Dowle b. London, England 1951. Elisabeth is self-taught and specialises in painting crops and fruit. She has paintings in collections worldwide, including the Lindley Library, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. She has seven Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals and holds a St Cuthbert’s Mill Award (the mill responsible for paper used for the text pages of The Highgrove Florilegium).

 

Josephine Elwes b. London, England 1928. Josephine trained at the Franklin School of Design in New York and later attended The Heatherley School of Fine Art and the Byam Shaw School of Art in London. She then studied botanical painting with Anne-Marie Evans and Jenny Phillips. She is an Associate Member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and has exhibited in Britain, Munich, New York and at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Kate Evans b. Liverpool, England 1933. Kate has had no formal art training but has had a lifelong love of flowers, gardening and art. On her return to the UK after living for many years in continental Europe she attended short botanical painting courses at West Dean College and The English Gardening School under the tutorage of Elizabeth Jane Lloyd and later Anne-Marie Evans. Kate has exhibited widely in Britain and Europe and her paintings are held in private collections throughout the world. She took part in the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society’s 1999 display of paintings of plants associated with Philip Miller at the Royal Horticultural Society, which was awarded a group Gold Medal. Kate is a Founding Member and Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

 

The Hon. Gillian Foster b. Dumfries, Scotland 1949. Gillian studied art and design in Vienna. In 1997 she received her Diploma in Botanical Art and Illustration and has been working as a freelance botanical artist ever since. She has exhibited internationally and her work is included in collections in the USA, UK, Europe and South Africa. Gillian is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Botanical Artists’ Association of Southern Africa. Gillian holds a Silver-Gilt Grenfell Royal Horticultural Society Medal and a Bronze Medal from the Kirstenbosch Biennale.

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Glenister Hammond b. London, England 1943. Yvonne took up botanical painting seriously in 1995 after taking the Diploma at The English Gardening School. She is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a tutor on their ground-breaking distance learning course. She has been awarded two Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals for tulips and their bulbs, and a number of Silver-Gilt Medals. She is a founder member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Yvonne has exhibited in the UK, the USA, Germany and Australia. Her work is in many private international collections as well as those of Shirley Sherwood and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Sarah Gould b. Leicester, England 1955. In 1977 Sarah qualified as a landscape architect and went on to study Urban Design at the Oxford School of Architecture. Her lifelong appreciation of plants began during her time at Pershore Horticultural College. Sarah studied botanical illustration with Anne-Marie Evans. She is a member of the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators (LSBI) and the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, where she became a Fellow in 2002. Sarah holds workshops and short courses. She is on the selection committees of the LSBI and the Eden Project Florilegium Society. Sarah has been awarded two Silver-Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society. Her work has been exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, The Ursus Gallery, the Natural History Museum, The Hortus Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. Her work is held by the Lindley Library.

Lucinda Mary Grant b. London, England 1958. Lucinda always enjoyed art at school and worked at Sotheby’s and Spink. She later became interested in gardening and consolidated and developed this new interest by attending lectures by Helen Yemm at The English Gardening School. Lucinda decided to combine her new passion for gardening with her old passion for painting and enrolled on Anne-Marie Evans’s one-year Botanical Painting course. Watercolour is her preferred medium and she has a particular interest in wild flowers and British ferns. She is a member of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and has exhibited in a group exhibition both with the Chelsea Botanical Artists and at Lincoln Cathedral.

 

Josephine Hague b. Liverpool, England 1928. Josephine studied at the Liverpool College of Art. Textiles she has designed have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Exhibiting widely as a botanical artist, her work has been shown at the Ashmolean Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. She has won three Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and three Silver-Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society and One IGF Large international Gold Medal. Her work appears on Wedgwood Plates and has been published in Kew Magazine.

Ann Judith Harris-Deppe b. Accra, Ghana 1947. A porcelain painter and teacher since 1980, she began botanical painting in 1999. Her work is held in the South African National Biodiversity Institute and she has been awarded Silver and Bronze Medals at South Africa’s Kirstenbosch Biennale. Ann’s subjects include plants, pollinators, insects, birds and small mammals. She is intrigued by detail and has found that these subjects cannot be painted without acknowledging a Higher Being. Ann now lives in South Africa and opened a botanical and porcelain painting school in Johannesburg in 2003.

Noriko Hasegawa b. Tokyo, Japan 1946. Noriko first had drawing lessons with a group led by Yoshitugu Koyanagi. In 1999, she attended an intensive master class with Jenny Phillips at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne and has attended regularly since then. She has taught painting at the Asahi Cultural Center in Tokyo and the NHK Cultural Center in Ohmiya. Noriko is a member of The Japanese Association of Botanical Illustration and Botanical Art of Australia. Noriko has exhibited at The Japan National Orchid Festivals. She has been awarded two Royal Horticultural Society medals: Silver and Silver-Gilt.

Mayumi Hashi b. Nara, Japan 1954. Mayumi, who now lives in the UK, started Botanical Illustration in September 1996 at the Bromley Adult Education College where she now teaches the subject. She exhibited one of her first works of a Fuchsia in colour pencils at the Royal Horticultural Society show in February 1997 as a group entry of the Bromley Adult Education College, which was awarded a Silver-Gilt Lindley Medal and is now in the Lindley Library’s collection. Since then she has been awarded two Gold Medals, a Silver-Gilt Medal and two Silver Medals. In May 2006, she became the first recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary and went to Peru to photograph, draw and paint orchids. She is a member of the Orchid Society of Great Britain, the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, the Society of Botanical Artists and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her painting of the Magnolia sieboldii from The Highgrove Florilegium appears in the 2009 publication Plant Hunters written by Carolyn Fry.

 

Mieko Ishikawa b. Tokyo, Japan 1950. Mieko has always concentrated on painting cherry blossom, significant to her as the cherry tree provides inspiration for the Japanese culture and everyday life. She has also travelled to Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia to work on her collection of rainforest plants, attempting to share the extraordinary experience of the rainforest with others. She works in watercolour but also appreciates expression in pure monochrome line drawing with a Japanese brush. Her work is included in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Lindley Library. She has also been awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society.


Junko Iwata b. Nagoya, Japan 1964. Before marriage, Junko taught mathematics, science and English in Japan and the UK. She now lives in the UK and came to painting in 1996 when she visited an exhibition of Modern Botanical Painters at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and subsequently took the Botanical Painting course with Ann Farrer. She has won two Silver-Gilt and a Gold Medal at Royal Horticultural Society winter shows. Her work will be familiar to many through its reproduction on textiles and in the Portmeirion Pottery’s ‘Botanic Rose’ and ‘Rose Bouquet’ ranges.

 

Jenny Jowett b. Bromley, England 1936. Jenny has specialised in botanical painting for the last thirty-four years. She teaches regularly from her studio and tutors for the Field Studies Council in Britain. She has had numerous solo exhibitions. She has work in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Jenny has been awarded Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society; she is a member of The Society of Botanical Artists and is President of The Society of Floral Painters.

 

 

 

 

 

Yumi Kamataki b. Chiba, Japan 1956. After taking degrees in Oil Painting and Painting, Yumi became a freelance artist. She also teaches botanical painting at the Japan Branch of the Royal Horticultural Society. She has exhibited extensively in Japan and at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. She works in watercolour, oil, tempera, acrylic and pencil.

Christabel King FSBA FLS b. London, England 1950. Christabel studied both Botany and Scientific Illustration. She started her career drawing illustrations for Curtis’ Botanical Magazine at Kew of which she was later editor. She has taught botanical illustration since 1986 and has taught in the UK, Brazil, and Turkey. She teaches Brazilians under a scheme set up at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in memory of Margaret Mee. Christabel’s work is in collections at Kew, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. She was awarded the Jill Smythies Prize for published botanical illustrations and a Grenfell Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society show.

Margaret King MBE, JP b. Zimbabwe 1933. Margaret now lives in London but studied Art at Rhodes University in South Africa and only took up botanical art on her retirement from her professional career. Margaret has exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her work is in the Chelsea Physic Garden archive and has been included in many of their publications. Margaret was the founder Chairman of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, London. The idea was to revive the culture of collecting original works for the Garden Archive and to encourage botanical artists to work towards worthwhile goals worldwide.

Kumiko Kosuda b. Miyagi Prefecture, Japan 1943. Having finished bringing up her children twenty years ago, Kumiko was looking for something that she could do from home. She found an illustration of Mr Sato’s Katakuri, or Dog’s-tooth Violet, in a Royal Horticultural Society publication and was so impressed that she was inspired to learn to paint in the same manner. Since then she has taught botanical painting in Japan. She has exhibited at the Japan Gardening Society and at the Royal Horticultural Society where she won two Silver-Gilt Medals.

 

Flappy Lane Fox b. Farnborough, England 1947. Originally trained in interior design, Flappy was drawn to botanical art as a form of therapy following the death of her son – she found the self-discipline required for botanical inspiration very helpful. She holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from The English Gardening School and has undertaken several private commissions. She has exhibited at the Chelsea Physic Garden and in Hampton Court and is a member of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society. Flappy is married to landscape architect Martin Lane Fox.

Chrissie Lightfoot b. London, England 1947. Chrissie spent many years as a scenic designer at the BBC before taking the Diploma in Botanical Illustration at The English Gardening School with Anne-Marie Evans. She has now been painting for ten years and has been awarded the Grenfell Silver Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society. She has exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Ebury and Hortus Galleries, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Chelsea Arts Society.

 

Fiona McKinnon b. Darlinghurst, Australia 1947. Fiona started her career as a secondary school art teacher, later going on to freelance illustration and graphic design work. After taking botanical art courses with Jenny Phillips and Anne-Marie Evans, Fiona now teaches botanical painting at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. Fiona’s work is included in the collections of Esso Australia, the Botanical Art School of Melbourne and numerous private collections. She has exhibited widely including at the Hunt Institute for
Botanical Documentation. Her work has included diaries for the National Trust and a series of greetings cards. Fiona is a member of The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. She holds a Jenny Phillips Botanical Art Award and has an Honourable Mention in the Celia Rosser Award.

Katherine Manisco FLS b. London, England 1935. Katherine studied art at The Slade in London and the Accademia dell’Arte in Florence. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her work has been published in Shirley Sherwood’s books: A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art, and Treasures of Botanical Art. In 2002 Katherine received the prestigious ‘Award for Excellence in Botanical Art’ at the American Society of Botanical Artists Show. She divides her time between New York and Rome.

Jill Mayhew b. Essex, England 1945. After taking early retirement in 2001 Jill finally found time to pursue her lifelong interest in art, which had been encouraged by her mother who was an enthusiastic sculptress. Reading about botanical illustration, she recognised that this would enable her to combine her scientific training in accuracy of observation and her love of plants with her desire to acquire painting skills. She is a committee member of the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators and a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Jill lives in Rutland, working in her studio overlooking the tranquil countryside, and continually finds new material to paint from the woods and hedgerows around her home by Rutland Water.

 

Kate Nessler b. St Louis (MI), United States 1950. Kate studied at Kendall School of Design, Michigan and has been a botanical artist for over 26 years, painting a range of plants from her rural studio in Arkansas. She has exhibited widely and won numerous awards, including three Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, and an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work is included in permanent collections including the Royal Horticultural Society, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, The Morton Arboretum, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. Her work has appeared in many articles and publications, including Dr Shirley Sherwood’s A New Flowering: 1000 Years of Botanical Art, Contemporary Botanical Artists and A Passion for Plants.

 

 

 

 

Anne O’Connor b. Sydney, Australia 1939. Largely self-taught, Anne has painted landscapes in oils for many years. She gained a Diploma of Commercial Art in 1992 and joined the Botanical Art School of Melbourne in 1994. She has exhibited extensively including at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the National Gallery of Victoria. She holds a Jenny Phillips’ Botanical Art Award, a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal and a Noel’s Gallery Award. Her work is represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Lindley Library. She specialises in painting species of Rhododendron subgenus Vireya: the South East Asian, or ‘tropical’ rhododendrons.

Susan Ogilvy b. Kent, England 1948. Susan is largely self-taught, although she followed her training as an occupational therapist with a Foundation Course at Luton School of Art in order to practise Art Therapy. In 1994 she produced a substantial portfolio of botanical paintings and was accepted by Jonathan Cooper of Park Walk Gallery in London, where she has had six solo exhibitions. Susan has contributed to both ‘Botanical Artists of the World’ exhibitions held by Tryon and Swann. Shirley Sherwood’s world-renowned collection includes eight of Susan’s paintings. Susan’s work has been shown in the Ashmolean Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Royal Horticultural Society. Susan holds Gold and Silver-Gilt Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society.

 

John Pastoriza-Piñol b. Melbourne, Australia 1975. John is a contemporary botanical artist based in Melbourne whose focus is rare and unusual plants, exquisitely documented through accurate realism. John studied a doctorate in botany at University of Vigo, (Spain) and later studied botanical art with Jenny Phillips at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. He has won both Gold and Silver Medals from The Royal Horticultural Society and has participated in solo and group exhibitions internationally. Numerous public and private collections around the world house John’s work, including: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Hunt Institute for Botanical Illustration, Geelong Botanic Gardens Victoria and RMIT University, Melbourne. Being a recipient of many awards and maintaining a rigorous interstate and international teaching circuit has afforded John international recognition.

Annie Patterson b. RAF Halton, England 1951. Annie, who started her career as a commercial graphic designer, has an interest in plants and travel. Annie holds a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from The English Gardening School. She is a Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists who awarded her ‘Best Painting’. Her work is held in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. She has also exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society. Annie holds a Chelsea Arts Society Mary Grob Award and a Silver Gilt Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Juliet Percy b. Bromley, England 1943. Juliet was an interior designer for over twenty years before taking the Diploma in Botanical Illustration at The English Gardening School. Juliet has exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation where her work is represented in their permanent collection. She has also exhibited at Ebury Galleries in London and Ursus Gallery in Madison Avenue, New York. She also had a private exhibition at 54 The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London. Four of Juliet’s paintings have been produced as limited edition prints.

Jenny Phillips FLS b. Victoria, Australia 1949. Jenny has been working as a freelance botanical artist since 1971, has lectured on the subject for over fifteen years and is a master class instructor. She is a founder of The Florilegium Society of Australasia and a founder and director of the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. She has exhibited extensively. She is Honorary Director of the American Society of Botanical Artists, a member of the Botanical Art Society of Australia, honorary member of the Brooklyn Florilegium Society and the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. She holds a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal. She won The Wildlife Artists of Australasia Best Watercolour award in 1991 and a Gold Medal at the National Print Awards in Australia in 1987. Her work is represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

 

Kay Rees-Davies b. Brighton, England 1936. Kay taught speech and drama until her children were born. She taught music before taking up botanical painting after studying under Margaret Stevens (President of the Society of Botanical Artists). Kay holds seven Royal Horticultural Society medals, including three Gold. Kay’s paintings are in the permanent collections at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Lindley Library. Kay also has a painting in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, three in the archives of the Chelsea Physic Garden and she is a Fellow of the Florilegium Society. Kay is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and was awarded the Society’s Certificate of Botanical Merit in 1994 and 2003.

Janet Rieck b. Chicago, United States 1943. Janet, who has a degree in Interior Design, began her career in advertising. She has painted all her life but became interested in botanical painting after attending a workshop run by Anne-Marie Evans. Janet lives in Chicago and devotes most of her spare time to botanical illustration in watercolour. Janet has two Silver-Gilt Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her work has been exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and she has been awarded a ‘Best in Show’ at the New York Botanical Society Exhibit.

 

Lizzie Sanders b. London, England 1950. Lizzie graduated in Graphic Design, later working in Italy, the United States and Scotland as a designer and art director. She currently tutors advanced Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Lizzie also teaches master classes in Britain and the USA. Lizzie is creating a garden in the remote Highlands of north-west Scotland. She uses a dry brush technique and produces ‘graphic’ images where neither art nor science is compromised. She has won three Gold Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society. Her work can be found in the collections of the Lindley Library, Shirley Sherwood and the Hunt Institute for  Botanical Documentation. She is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists.

Elaine Searle b. Birmingham, England 1956. Elaine has a background in graphic design and design management. She took the Diploma in Botanical Painting at The English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden, in 2004. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Elaine has exhibited her work at the Hunt Institute and the Royal Horticultural Society amongst others internationally.

Sheila Siegerman b. Kamloops, Canada 1931. Sheila was an award-winning jewellery designer, an actress, a set designer and a professional violinist before becoming a botanical artist. She has exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Tryon and Swann Gallery and the Greater New York Orchid Society at the World Trade Centre in April 2001. Her work is included in the Shirley Sherwood Collection. She has been awarded Gold and Silver-Gilt Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society. Sheila is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Sally Strawson b. Yorkshire, England 1964. Sally attended an Art Foundation course at Doncaster School of Art followed by a degree in Three-Dimensional Design at Kingston upon Thames. Taking up a career as an interior designer she worked in London and then Yorkshire. Sally began botanical painting in 2001, taking a course in Rutland taught by Anne-Marie Evans. She is a member of The Florilegium Society at Sheffield Botanical Gardens and has work accepted for the Florilegium archive. She has also exhibited at Lincoln Cathedral.

Susanna Stuart-Smith b. Birmingham, England 1943. Susanna trained in the field (Sultanate of Oman) as a botanical illustrator in the 1980s. Since then she has contributed illustrations in colour and in ink to many publications, including Genera Orchidacearum. She is a regular illustrator for the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and Kew, specialising in diagnostic drawings of orchids but experienced in a wide range of plant families. Kew named an orchid after her and she holds two Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. Susanna has taught botanical illustration since the early 1990s and she has exhibited at The Linnean Society of London and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

 

Jessica Tcherepnine b. London, England 1938. Jessica is a self-taught botanical artist. She has painted flowers all her life, loving the detailed observation this requires. She has had solo exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and Palm Beach and has been included in numerous group exhibitions. She has won two Gold Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society. Jessica, who now lives in the United States, is a Founding Member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and a Director of the Horticultural Society of New York. She has been invited to paint for the Filoli Florilegium, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. She is represented in collections internationally, including those at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Natural History Museum, the Lindley Library, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Peterhof Museum.

Vicki Thomas b. South Africa 1951. Vicki lives in Cape Town and has taught botanical illustration at the University of Cape Town and at Stellenbosch University. Vicki has had many artworks published in scientific journals and in two books dedicated to botanical illustration. She has Gold and Silver Medals from the Kirstenbosch Biennale and a Gold Medal for a group exhibition at the Royal Horticultural Society. Her paintings are in collections around the world, including several in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, and have been shown in
exhibitions in the UK, USA, Japan and South Africa. She regularly holds courses in South Africa and is a founder member of the Botanical Artists’ Association of Southern Africa and a past Chairperson.

Noriko Tobita b. Kanagawa-Ken, Japan 1940. Noriko currently lives in Saitama City. She studied under the late Hiroki Sato at the Tokyo Culture School followed by The Japanese Gardening Society under Keiko Yosida. Noriko has taken part in the group exhibitions at the Japan Gardening Society’s Botanical Art Exhibition in Tokyo and the ‘Tampopo’ exhibition of Botanical Art in Tokyo. In 2007 she took part in the Royal Horticultural Society group exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show where she was awarded a Gold Medal. She has also been awarded a Grand Prix from The Japan Gardening Society. Her preferred medium is watercolour. She is a member of the Japan Gardening Society and the Japan Seiko Art Society.

Erico Tosaki b. Kawasaki, Japan 1960. After completing her training in textile design at the Musashino Art University in 1982, Erico was a freelance illustrator and textile designer and her work has been widely used by publishers and advertisers alike. She was awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2003. In 2005 she took The English Gardening School’s one-year Diploma in Botanical Painting. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation; two are in their permanent collection.

Sally Townshend. b. East London, South Africa, 1936. Sally graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1972. She started painting about 20 years ago becoming actively involved in the Miniature Art Society of South Africa. The detailed nature of miniature paintings and Sally’s love of flowers brought her later to botanical painting. She attended master classes with Anne-Marie Evans, Jenny Phillips, Katie Lee and Syriol Sherlock. She has exhibited at the Royal Watercolour Society’s Summer Open Exhibition, the Society of Botanical Artists and Kirstenbosch Biennale where she has received two Bronze medals.

 

Sally Vincent b. Leicestershire, England 1950. Sally was encouraged to take up botanical illustration in 1994 after completing a City and Guilds course in Flower Arranging and Creative Design. In 1996 she joined the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators with whom she still paints. In 2000, with Colin Swinton, she formed the Leicester University Botanical Painting Group and she is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Sally has exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society, gaining a Silver-Gilt Medal in 2003, also in group exhibitions at the Natural History Museum, the Garden Museum, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Burghley House, Stamford. Her work is in the Chelsea Physic Garden archive and private collections worldwide.

 

 

 

Anita Walsmit Sachs-Jansen b. Den Haag, The Netherlands 1948. Anita is head of the Art Department and is the Scientific Illustrator at the National Herbarium Nederland, part of the University of Leiden. She studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague, where she trained as a fashion designer and art teacher. Her botanical work is held in collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and the New York State Museum. Anita received two Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and an award for Best Botanical Artist. She won the Margaret Granger Award and a Certificate of Botanical Merit at the Society of Botanical Artists and she tutors their distance learning programme. In 2006 Anita founded the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. Working in watercolour, oil, pen and ink, Anita says that nature forms her source of inspiration; she has a great love for detail, expression of texture and symbolism.

Amanda Ward b. London, England 1942. Amanda studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art. Before concentrating on botanical painting, Amanda was a designer and illustrator. She gained a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Her work has been exhibited in London and New York.

Hazel West-Sherring b. Kingston upon Hull, England 1957. Hazel studied graphic design and art history at college and her final year dissertation was on eighteenth-century landscape design. She worked as a designer for fifteen years in London. She became interested in botanical painting after finding a book on the subject by Anne-Marie Evans on her own bookshelves. Hazel has exhibited at the Society of Botanical Artists 21st Anniversary Show and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. She had a solo exhibition at the Garden Museum. The Lindley Library has recently acquired one of her paintings. She holds a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal for her watercolours of Phlox paniculata. Hazel now runs botanical painting courses herself in a number of locations.

Jennifer Wilkinson b. Launceston, Australia 1947. During her 40-year career as a registered nurse she maintained an interest in art, mainly concentrating on watercolour painting. Jennifer began botanical painting in 1996 with classes at the Melbourne School of Botanical Art. She first exhibited in the Art of Botanical Illustration exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in the same year. She held her first solo exhibition in Launceston, Tasmania and was awarded the Celia Rosser Medal for Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in November 2008. Today watercolour and pencil are her media of choice. She finds subjects in the temperate climate gardens in the area surrounding her home.

Susan Worthington b. Stratford, New Zealand 1944. Susan graduated with Distinction from Whitecliffe Art School where she majored in Landscapes and Fibre before taking a degree in English and Art History. She has been teaching for many years. Susan studied Botanical Illustration at West Dean College and Kew Gardens and took a Diploma in Botanical Painting at The English Gardening School. In June 2004 the New Zealand Postal Service used six of her paintings depicting New Zealand-bred garden flowers on an issue of stamps and the First Day Cover. Her paintings are held in important collections including the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum, the New Zealand Army Museum and the Ashmolean Museum. In 2007 Susan had a solo exhibition of fifty botanical paintings at the Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth. Susan has exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society and has won several Medals.

Jane Wright b. Dorchester, England 1955. Jane studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London as an oboist and works as an orchestral and chamber music player as well as giving solo recitals and teaching. She developed her interest in botanical illustration by attending one of Ann Farrer’s courses at Kew School of Botanical Illustration whilst continuing as a musician. In 2003 she was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and the following year she exhibited at the 11th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, where some of her work now forms part of their permanent collection. Her first solo exhibition was at the Whitestone Gallery in York in 2005

 

 

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