Christiana is a botanical artist and illustrator whose work is inspired by a love of trees. After studying Natural History Illustration and Graphic Design at Art College in Dorset, she was commissioned to paint trees and shrubs for Windlesham Arboretum in Surrey, and has produced work for private clients in the UK and abroad. Her painting ‘Winter Oaks’ is held in the RHS Lindley Library Art Collections. Her watercolour painting ‘Coconut’ has been selected for inclusion in the 16th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA.
Painting in watercolour with a dry brush technique, Christiana collects subjects such as seeds, fruits, pine cones and particularly leaves, always working from life to focus on the detail. Other areas of her work include paintings of seaweeds, shells and fossils which she finds along the tideline.
Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists in London, the SBA exhibition at Palmengarten in Frankfurt, Germany, and Florum in Kent. She has exhibited paintings of shells and seaweeds at the Society of Marine Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, and Coburg in Germany.
She was awarded RHS Gold Medal in 2012, 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.
Christiana is planning a book, and a new website. She is also preparing work for a future RHS exhibition.