About the Society

For many years the Society has held its Annual Open Exhibitions in the Westminster Gallery at Central Hall Westminster. In 2005, due to ill health, Suzanne retired as President and sadly passed away in December 2008. Vice President and Founder Member Margaret Stevens was elected as her successor 2005 and Vickie Marsh took over the Presidency in 2010. The new President in 2013 is Sandra Wall Armitage and the Society continues to move forward in her capable hands.

In 2004 The Art of Botanical Painting was written by Margaret Stevens for the Society and published in association with Harper Collins. Initially designed for those searching for a practical guide to the subject of botanical art, the book has been a resounding success and the American edition was published by Harper Collins US in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.

A new book The Botanical Palette, again written by Margaret Stevens for the Society, was published by Harper Collins in October 2007.

Realising that The Art of Botanical Painting would be an ideal textbook on which to base a course, the Society launched its Distance Learning Diploma Course in January 2005. Ten Courses have completed, two are underway and Course 13 commences in 2016. Enquiries for enrolment in 2017 should be directed to the Executive Secretary [email protected]

In March 2010 Anova Books published Botanical Sketchbook by SBA Member and former DLDC student Mary Ann Scott, under the auspices of the SBA and with Margaret Stevens acting as consultant and co-editor.

In 2012 Anova Books published a heavily revised and expanded update of a classic text by Ernest E. Clark, Handbook of Botanical Forms for Botanical Artists, which features the contemporary work of tutors and students of the Society’s Distance Learning Diploma Course.