Rosemary Lindsay originally trained in architecture at Kingston School of Art and worked in several architectural practices. This background provided her with great drawing skill and an acute sense of form and design in all things. These assets, coupled with a fascination for the structure of plants, led to a move towards plant illustration. She attended courses in Botanical art in London at Morley College and the Horniman Museum.
Rosemary Lindsay works in watercolour, graphite and pen and ink. Her preferred subjects are seed-heads, leaves, fruits and flowers. As the owner of a garden often open to the public she regards it as her palette of possibilities for plants to illustrate. Commissions are regularly undertaken and she frequently writes articles and reviews for the journal Hortus, illustrating them with black and white drawings.
As a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, Rosemary Lindsay’s work is regularly included in their exhibitions in London and abroad and she has had a number of one-artist shows. She has received several awards from the RHS and has drawn for their publications The Plantsman and Plant Registers. Under the name Aria Cards she publishes many of her paintings as cards, which are sold extensively in botanic gardens, galleries, and outlets associated with gardens, in the UK and Europe.