Cheryl McCaffrey



After a long break from making art, around 2016, I realized something was missing in my life and I longed to get back to an art practice. Shortly after, I discovered watercolor botanical painting and enrolled the botanical certificate program at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens in Wellesley, Ma (now Massachusetts Horticulture Society).

I enjoy bringing my subjects to life using multiple layers of watercolor painted with the tiniest of brushes to capture the intricacies of my subjects which include plants, flowers, shells, and bugs.

Taking inspiration from walks in our local arboretum and nature sanctuaries, my work incorporates light, airy compositions filled with delicate, well-defined details. With each painting, I hope to evoke a sense of wonder, reminding us to pause, appreciate, and connect with the delicate wonders of the natural world around us.

In May 2022, I received a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration (CBA) from Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens (WCBG).

In 2022, I was accepted as a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA). I was honored that two of my paintings were accepted into Plantae 2023 at the Mall Galleries in London.

As a graphic designer, I enjoy bringing my experience in design and attention to detail to my botanical painting practice.

I live near Boston, Massachusetts, US and work out of my home studio.

American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) – member

New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) – member