Sylvia Balch

Biography

I have been a watercolour artist for sixteen years. I am self-taught apart from attending the Physic Gardens in Chelsea for three short courses. I always wanted a profession in art but only achieved in my latter years.

I draw to scale and paint in a precise manner, looking to capture that special thing seen in the plant when it captured my eye.   Inspiration comes from living in Somerset amidst the fields, woods and wild flowers.  Stourhead Garden is also close by with their Rhododendrons and rare trees.

In 2008 I became a member of the Society of Botanical Art and was awarded the Margaret Cummings silver bowl for the best work of a new member for that year.  I exhibit each year with the society.  I exhibit with the RHS in Vincent Square and have two Silver Grenfell medals for ‘Rhododendrons of Stourhead’ and ‘Jewels of the hedgerow’ also Bronze medal for ‘Galanthus’.  I teach botanical art in Frome.  I exhibit at ‘The Studio’ Stourhead and sell my work at an Art/Craft Fair in Stourton Village Hall twice a year. My paintings are in various countries.  I am looking towards painting bright colour flowers during the summer and capturing those bright balmy sunny days.