Gael Sellwood has worked as a botanical and natural history artist for about twenty five years. She uses material from her extensive conservation garden, which provides much of her inspiration. With formal qualifications both in botanical illustration and business skills she combines painting with some teaching. Painting is now her main occupation.
Gael’s work details found natural objects, affected, renounced and used by nature. Usually working in watercolour on paper or vellum, her paintings take the viewer to the hedgerow, wayside or garden, recreating a season, a feeling, a scent or an experience for posterity. Her favourite subjects are often dried, curled and care worn, rather than pristine and perfect. She focuses on creating texture and flowing forms in her work.
A Gold Medal winner with both the RHS and the Caledonian RHS and a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, Gael has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In 2014 she was awarded both a Gold Medal by the RHS and the coveted ‘best in show’ award for best botanical exhibit; this was for a series of hydrangeas in autumn and winter. She has work in the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA, in the RHS collection at the Lindley Library, and in the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood, as well as numerous private collections at home and abroad.