Australian botanical artist Gabrielle Pragasam began her journey into art in 2001, undertaking classes at the Watercolour Society of Queensland. She went on to complete advanced training at the Margaret Saul School of Botanic Art in 2003 where she honed her botanical art skills in watercolour, graphite, colour pencil, and ink.
Gabrielle’s aim in painting is to create a scientifically accurate collectible art piece that is more than purely a reference illustration. She selects as her subjects florally rich or picturesque plants, striving for a depiction that charms the eye. The result is a portrayal of nature that expresses the enjoyment of the artist in its execution and allows the viewer also to enjoy it as both a painting and a representation of the natural creation.
Gabrielle is also a member of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland and the Botanical Art Society of Australia. Her work has been publicly acquired through annual group exhibitions throughout Australia. Since 2001, she has exhibited across the state’s capital city of Brisbane in venues such as the Watercolour Society of Queensland galleries, Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Herbarium, Indooroopilly Library, and the Royal Queensland Show. She has recently completed work for the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney which will form part of the Florilegium’s publication and exhibition in 2016.