Dianne Sutherland


Born in Staffordshire, Dianne originally trained as part of the Royal Albert design team, where she learned to paint intricate floral patterns onto china. After relocating in NE Scotland she became a freelance artist and illustrator, producing work for books, products and educational material. She began to specialise in botanical subjects around 2000.

The ephemeral nature of flowers has always interested Dianne and studied plant biology at Aberdeen University and later Botanical Illustration with the SBA where she gained a Diploma with Distinction. Her work includes studies of British native plants, as well as dead and decaying subjects. She works in watercolour and graphite on paper and vellum; and finds the latter a sympathetic surface for her chosen subject material. She combines her science background with art training to teach botanical illustration and writes popular blog on botanical art.

A regular exhibitor at RHS shows and with the SBA, she has work in the permanent collection at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Illustration. She became a fully elected member of the Society of Botanical Artists in 2012. She is a member of the Sydney Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden and will exhibit there in 2016.