Shevaun Doherty is an Irish botanical and natural history artist who paints in watercolours. It was whilst living in Egypt that she first became interested in botanical art. She enrolled on the SBA’s Distance Learning Diploma Course graduating with Distinction in 2012.
She now lives in Kildare, Ireland and works full-time as an artist and art-tutor. She exhibits regularly in Ireland and internationally, winning many awards for her work including five Gold Medals at Bloom in Dublin, the Joanna Craig-McFeeley Rose Bowl and a Certificate of Botanical Merit. In 2020 her painting of the rare Golden-eye lichen was selected for exhibition at the National Gallery.
She considers herself a visual storyteller, using her skills as botanical artist to accurately capture the tiny details and colour on paper and vellum.
She is extremely interested in biodiversity and uses her work to raise awareness about endangered species and habitat loss.
She became involved in the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan in 2015, designing their cover image. In 2018, she was commissioned to paint a series of National Bee stamps for An Post.
The Irish Europa stamps on Endangered Wildlife 2021 feature Shevaun’s paintings of the elusive White Prominent moth, the Freshwater Pearl Mussel, and the Kerry slug.
Most recently Shevaun was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland grant to team up with Dr Cormac Gahan, from APC Microbiome, UCC to create a project ‘The Invisible made Visible’ that explains PCR Covid testing through the creative process of lino-printing and film.
Shevaun has been ‘resident’ botanical artist for the Ellen Hutchins Festival since 2015 giving demonstrations and workshops. She has painted cover images for award winning EHF publications, and with Madeline Hutchins developed the successful Botanical Art Starters Pack, which are on sale at Kew Garden and the National Gallery of Ireland.