Eileen Thomas

Biography

I came to Botanical Art quite late in life after an illness curtailed my teaching career of almost 25 years.  During my recovery I attended courses by Hazel West Sherring, a local botanical artist, and this was my first exposure to the field of botanical art.  I was so inspired by the experience that I eventually joined an Adult Education class in nearby Folkestone.  I continue to be a member of this well-structured, informative and enjoyable class.

I have always been passionate about plants, flowers and the natural world in general, preferring to work from life which allows me to focus on the essential details of plant colour, texture and structure.  I work mainly in watercolour, coloured pencil and graphite.  Also, I have recently discovered the joy of experimenting with coloured biro, always being keen to explore other mediums and push boundaries.  Attending botanical art courses presented by well established artists give me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of different mediums, methods and techniques.

I have been exhibiting at the SBA annual London exhibitions since 2013 and became an associate member of the Society in 2016 and a Fellow in 2019.  I exhibited with the SBA at Palmengarten, Frankfurt in their last two biannual exhibitions and also took part in the Kent Florum exhibition in 2018.    I regularly exhibit in small rural art exhibitions in my local area of Kent.