Christiana is a botanical artist and illustrator whose work is inspired by a love of trees. She trained in Natural History Illustration and also Graphic Design at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design. She has produced work for private clients in the UK and abroad, including commissioned paintings of trees and shrubs for Windlesham Arboretum in Surrey. Her painting ‘Winter Oak Leaves’ is held in the RHS Lindley Library Art Collections.
Christiana paints in watercolour using a dry brush technique. She works from life, building up the detail with layers of paint and small brush strokes. Pine cones are a favourite subject, and she particularly loves autumn and winter, collecting interesting seeds, fruits and especially leaves. She also paints shells, fossils and seaweeds found along the tideline.
In 2012 she was awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS for her paintings of ‘Winter Oaks’. RHS Silver-Gilt Medal in 2013 and 2004, RHS Silver Medal in 2014 and 1999, the SBA Certificate of Botanical Merit in 2016 and 2017, and Highly Commended for the Joyce Cuming Presentation Award in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition at Westminster in London, the SBA exhibition at Palmengarten in Germany, and she was invited to exhibit her work at Florum in Kent. She has exhibited paintings of shells and seaweeds at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, and Coburg in Germany.
Christiana is planning a book, and is also working towards a future RHS exhibition.