Jackie Gwyther is an oil painter based in Sevenoaks, Kent. Following a scientific career, she developed and refined her skills in botanical art and portraiture through a Foundation Degree Arts with Distinction from Greenwich University in 2013 and technical oil painting courses. She has an observant eye and attention to detail. She creates botanically accurate, beautiful, and optimistic oil paintings.
For Jackie, botanical art is all about the effect of sunlight on plants. A particular quality catches her interest, be it the intriguing light playing over the leaves, the negative shapes drawing her in, the decorative shapes of shadows or the translucency of leaves against the sky. She endeavours to elevate plants by capturing these moments of radiance in her paintings. Her subjects are varied and range, from shiny laurel leaves, to decomposing hydrangea petals and to common weeds. Her daily country walks give her time and space to notice and relish the subtle beauty of plants, whose aesthetic qualities are often disregarded by the passer-by.
She is a member and exhibitor with the Kent Painters Group, The Sevenoaks Visual Arts Forum, the Stone Street Art Group and Southeast Open Studios. In 2022, she exhibited in the SBA Plantae exhibition, the Royal Society of British Artists exhibition, was long listed for the Jacksons Painting Prize and was short listed for the Visual Art Open Prize.