Joanna Craig-Mcfeely


Joanna wanted to study art but instead qualified as a physiotherapist, married a Naval officer and had four children. She also ran part of the British Ski Federation and became a silversmith.

In 1997, intrigued by a detailed botanical picture that she had bought, she decided to study botanical art herself, gave up her private practice, and has been painting and exhibiting ever since.

She paints in watercolour on paper and vellum mainly using dry brush work and following Jenny Phillips’ technique of mixing from only six colours. Joanna is the holder of 5 Royal Horticultural Society Silver Gilt medals.

As with her medical training Joanna loves discovering how things work, and what  goes on inside Р observing exact shapes, structures and habit. She likes to work alone but finds the pressure of exhibiting and competing stimulating.

In 2004 at their open exhibition, the Society of Botanical Artists awarded her Best Botanical Watercolour and in 2009 she won The Society of Floral Painters President’s Award for Excellence.

Her work is published in both volumes of the Prince of Wales Highgrove Florilegium, In The Apothecaries Garden, Botanical Illustration from the Chelsea Physic Garden, and The Art of Botanical Painting, where one of her paintings illustrates the cover.

She exhibits regularly here, in Germany and America, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Chelsea Physic Garden, the Prince of Wales own Florilegium of Highgrove and the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA

Joanna has been a director of the Society of Botanical Artists, is a fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, a member of both the Society of Floral Painters and the Armed Forces Art Society.

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