Margaret Best

Born in South Africa of British parents, Margaret graduated as a math and art teacher. After teaching both subjects in Cape Town and the British School in Tehran, Iran, she immigrated to Canada with her husband and daughter in 1981. Margaret’s connection with art started at an early age with a classical training under private tutorage. Plant subjects were often a favourite topic, but it was not until 1999 that a serendipitous connection with botanical art happened at the Museum of Nature in the Cotswolds. It was a pivotal moment that changed Margaret’s artistic direction forever. After completing masterclasses with AnnMarie Evans and Katie Lee, Margaret was mentored by renowned artist Pandora Sellars for seven years. This involved frequent trips to work in Pandora’s Herefordshire… Read more

Alison Douglas

Since childhood I have had a passionate interest in illustration, particularly watercolour, and following a number of decades devoted to a career in Advertising and raising a family, I aspired to indulge my lifelong desire to paint. I have always been inspired by botanical art, particularly the plantsmen and women of the past. My other passion is nature and so it was a natural progression to pursue both. I am particularly interested in the local flora of my area and am currently working on a series of wild flowers. I hope to present a body of this work recording the plants along the coastal path that I enjoy on my daily walks in this beautiful, wild, unspoilt area. I am constantly amazed by the beauty… Read more

Connie Scanlon

Connie Scanlon became interested in botanical art as a volunteer docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art where she discovered the work of Maria Sibylla Merian. Her critical skills of observation while a cardiac intensive care nurse have been invaluable in her creation of contemporary botanical art. Her work has been included in the 2013 Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition, the Hunt Institute’s 15th International Exhibition for Botanical Documentation, and in many ASBA Annual International Juried Exhibitions.  She received the 2023 American Society of Botanical Artists Diane Bouchier Award for Botanical Excellence. She lives and paints in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

David Reynolds

David Reynolds is an award winning Australian watercolour artist. He describes his painting style as ‘Accurate Realism’, always looking to portray botanical and wildlife subjects with a high level of detail. His background in commercial art and graphic design has given him an appreciation of composition and colour. In the early 2000’s David discovered the intricate detail of botanical art and found the artistic outlet he was looking for. In 2009 David began teaching botanical art and enjoys the wonderful opportunity to share his skills and passion for documenting the natural world with other like-minded people. David has work represented in the 2018 World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition, The Art of Botanical Illustration exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. He received an Honourable Mention… Read more

Sanggu Lee

The first time I came across Botanical Art was when I visited Kew Gardens while I was living in London. I became very interested in Botanical art so when I went back to Korea, I found a place to learn. Very soon, I was passionate about the art form. Currently, I live in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, and also in the countryside. When I stay in the countryside, I grow and observe plants in my garden. Gardening is not as easy as you might think, but it is well worth it. In every season I am moved by the ever-changing appearance of nature and I am inspired by it. Observing and recording plants is still attractive and has become an important part of… Read more

Emma van Klaveren

After Art College and a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art, I began my artistic career as a muralist and decorative painter on large scales in the world of interiors. My second career was as an art teacher at two UK junior schools, leading their Art Departments and in 2014 I retrained to be a botanical artist based in London, UK. – My process begins with the plants themselves. I’m a keen amateur gardener and my garden is full of plants that I grow to serve as muses for future commissions. I also source more unusual plant subjects from specialist growers around the UK. I’m fascinated by the beauty and detail of plants, seeking to capture them in their prime. I start my… Read more