Pamela Taylor



Pamela studied botany at Southampton University, where she was introduced to the ancient trees, traditions and history of the New Forest.  She completed her doctorate on the importance of mycorrhiza to certain chalk grassland biennials at Cambridge University.   Since then she has lived in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, and has written articles on natural history, illustrated with pen and ink drawings, for magazines, such as The Countryman and local papers.   In 2008 she completed a short masterclass course on botanical drawing at Kew with Ann Farrer.

The manner in which plants grow and their relationship with each other and with the animals which feed on them are an endless source of interest to Pamela and inspiration for her drawings, which she does from a mixture of field sketches and photographs.   She finds trees, especially, wonderful subjects, because they are so full of character, having been silent witnesses to all that has happened around them since they were tiny seedlings.

Pamela has exhibited her work locally, at the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the SBA annual exhibitions.   She was elected an associate member of the SBA in 2015, when her drawing of the Ankerwyke Yew (Taxus baccata) was highly commended.   She hopes that her drawings will stimulate respect and appreciation for nature, and is considering how she might incorporate the hidden, underground world of mycorrhiza into her work.

Pamela became a full member of the SBA in 2016.

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