Marion Perkins SBA, FRSA, MIL

Biography

I studied Modern Languages in London and for several years translated and taught French at Beechwood Park School, but a love of painting led me to change direction. I studied drawing under the tutelage of Ken Howard, Lithography at St Albans College of Art and Botanical Painting at Chelsea Physic Garden.

I work in watercolour, gouache and more recently egg tempera which brings a vivacity and brilliance to my paintings that is a change from the more subtle charm of watercolour. I am totally inspired by nature and enjoy painting gardens and landscapes as well as plant studies.

I have been a member of the SBA since 2000. I exhibit at Central Hall Westminster, Palmengarten Botanical Gardens in Frankfurt and at several venues in the Home Counties. My work has been accepted by The Royal Academy, has featured in The Artist magazine and the Journal of the American Rose Society. I have contributed to books on Botanical Painting and I am listed in ‘Who’s Who In Art’. In 2009 I wrote and illustrated an acclaimed children’s book, ‘The Stone Cat’. I enjoy teaching and was Artist in Residence for the National Trust in Norfolk for 13 years.

Awards

My awards include a Certificate of Botanical Merit, SBA President’s Award and I was the overall winner of Sennelier’s national watercolour competition. I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.