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Tanvina Farjana

I am Tanvina Farjana. I did some art courses from Bangladesh and UK based online art courses. I am an Active member at Federation of Canadian Artist and IWS Canada. I participated in many exhibitions in Canada and Bangladesh. My painting published in Circle Foundation Magazine and several times in IWS Canada Magazine. I also got some awards from exhibitions.

I am Tanvina Farjana, I am an Active member at Federation of Canadian Artist. Basically, I do Watercolor artwork and I love to do Botanical artwork. I learned new techniques and styles of botanical art, which helped me create more intricate and detailed illustrations. My passion for art and nature is reflected in my illustrations that capture the beauty of flowers in intricate detail.

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Dogwood

Cherry Leaves

Orchid

Calla Lily

Purple Poppy

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Nick McMillen

• 4 years at Reigate School of Art and Design.
• Packaging Design Degree.
• 6 years working as a bushcraft instructor in Sussex UK.
• 10 years co-running an outdoor education and craft school with my wife.
• 20 years part time picture framer for a small company in Haslemere.
• 3 years as a full time artist.
• Work selected for the SGFA Open exhibition in 2022, 2023 & 2024.
• Work selected for SBA Plantae 2023.
• Work exhibited in Linleys showroom in Belgravia.
• 2nd place in the Basket of the Year award 2021.
• ‘Drawn from the Land’ 2022 A joint exhibition with my wife and our photography friend.
• ‘Light Among the Trees’ 2023 A joint exhibition with my wife.
• Basketry exhibited at Craftworks 2024 in Shoreditch as part of London Craft Week.
• Basketry exhibited with The New Craftsman exhibition ‘Join, Assemble, Hold’ 2023.

My drawings are a response to my extensive experience in the outdoors. Spending years teaching bushcraft and outdoor living skills, I observed trees, plants, and local flora. These natural elements became essential tools for survival, from crafting fishing hooks to making baskets. With simple tools like an axe, knife, and saw, I developed an intimate understanding of these subjects, which I value through my art.

Living in the beautiful Southeast of England, surrounded by woodlands deeply influences my work. I aim to capture the beauty of everyday organism’s like seed pods and lichens, elevating them to a special status. It's a reminder that every element in nature, from the tiniest lichen to the tallest tree, is essential.

Two quotes resonate with me: David Attenborough's reminder that we protect what we care about, and Robin Wall Kimmerer's idea that paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world. Through my art and craftsmanship, I hope to inspire a deeper connection to nature and a sense of responsibility for its preservation.

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Early Life

I felt this specimen to be a spectacular example of the Ramalina lichen. The folds and undulations were an absolute delight to illustrate.

Liberty

I really enjoyed trying to capture the light and shadows playing across the trunk of this standing dead sweet chestnut.

Life Unfurling

This drawing was a challenge. I was trying to capture the complexity of the specimen without losing sight of the whole.

Stelliferous Era

I wanted to draw this Allium really big to give it maximum impact. I spent a long time rendering the flower stems and trying to give the picture depth.

Sussex Sisters

Unwinding all the branches and twigs to make sense of the subject and to give the drawing depth was my main focus on this illustration.

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Svetlana Lanse

I'm a professional artist with a Master's degree in miniature painting. I became proficient in botanical art by studying the work of Pierre Joseph Redouté and Maria Sibylla Merian and painting from real specimens in botanical gardens during my studies at the academy. By reproducing works of Dutch masters from the Golden Age of still life, I perfected my technique of realistic oil painting.
I'm a botanical art tutor and have served as a juror in several internationally renowned art competitions. Honoured to have my work is included in the Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection of Contemporary Botanical Art.
One of my latest pieces was selected for upcoming exhibition by Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

I'm not obsessed with flowers or fruit, it's just the art language I speak. Think of the Dutch masters whose compositions often contained several layers of meaning in them. I could say I paint portraits of plants, but my botanical models are free from prejudices of gender, age, or imposed standards of beauty, so that it is easier to convey the intended meaning. At the same time, their forms, created by nature, are so flexible and plastic, rich in color and texture. It's a magical moment when I get to that level of detail where realism becomes abstraction.
I've been painting watercolour for 20years and oils for 18years. In 2023, I decided to try to combine the two mediums for one piece and succeeded. I'd love to share all my experiments with the community.

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Acer negundo

Paeonia

Tulipa

It is multilayer oil painting technique.

Citrus maxima

Citrus × paradisi

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Haya Obaid

I graduated from UAE university bachelor of science in biology, worked as a science teacher for nearly 15 years.
In 2017 I joined RBGE for a distance learning diploma.
Participated in exhibitions in Moscow with the Russian Botanical Society in 2018 and 2019.
won the second prize in the Korea Botanical Art corporative 2020.

Interested in graphite and watercolor, focussing on the flora of the
UAE . I use dry brush technique.

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Toxic Plant

Bitter apple, Citrulus coolocynthis

Calotropis procuera

Milkweed, Calotropis procuera

Datura metel

Trumpet, Datura metel

Hyoscyamus muticus

Egyptian henebane, Hyoscyamus muticus

Nerium oleander

Rose Bay, Nerium oleander

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Vaibhavi Dhankhar

I am Vaibhavi. I have been born and brought up in India. I did my graduation and post-graduation in Fine Arts, specialising in Painting. During my time in India, I have done approximately 25 Group Exhibitions all over the nation.

I shifted to England around 1.5 years ago with my partner, he's a doctor working at the NHS. From past around half a decade, I have been concentrating upon creating a new body of work. The submitted works are from that body of artworks.

My body of work is chiefly motivated by the good or bad relationship(s) I have held. Hence, the most common thematics revolve around the concepts of "intimacy," "sensuality," "eroticism," "shapeliness," "relationship(s)," etc.

During the early years of my practice, my subconscious started scribbling structural similarities between a cactus and a phallus. Over time, the idea of using cacti as the symbolic representation of my relationship(s) originated. The idea strengthened and evolved with the works that followed. With time, the roots of the concept covered more and more ground in my artworks. Henceforth, I use cacti as the symbolic portrayal of a male figure.

Comprehensively, the initial works have been more personal to me as they all convey a story. Although, over time, I am focusing increasingly on the visual aspects involved in my works. Furthermore, experimentation with different mediums, shapes, and sizes fascinates me. Hence, one could observe the versatility of materials in my works. Apart from the traditional painting mediums, some of the best-loved materials include resin, videography, photography, porcelain clay, etc.

Also, a significant amount of scribbling is visible in my works.

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The Memento - 1

In petals pressed, memories entwined,
Gifts from him, a love refined.
Books embrace blooms, tales untold,
Canvas whispers stories, memories unfold.

The Memento - 02 (Piece 1)

In blooms pressed, memories intertwined,
Tokens of love from him, refined.
Within books' embrace, tales unfold,
Canvas echoes stories, memories retold.

The Memento - 02 (Piece 09)

In blooms pressed, memories intertwined,
Tokens of love from him, refined.
Within books' embrace, tales unfold,
Canvas echoes stories, memories retold.

The Memento - 02 (Piece 16)

In blooms pressed, memories intertwined,
Tokens of love from him, refined.
Within books' embrace, tales unfold,
Canvas echoes stories, memories retold.

The Memento - 02, (Piece 04)

In blooms pressed, memories intertwined,
Tokens of love from him, refined.
Within books' embrace, tales unfold,
Canvas echoes stories, memories retold.

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Jeong Eun Lee

I was always interested in plants enough to grow many plants myself. And then I came across Botanic Art by chance, and I started because I was very attracted to being able to observe and draw my favorite plants.

I've completed a botanical art professional course in Korea for a year, and I'm preparing to become a lecturer.

I'm very interested in this work to get to know and observe plants that I didn't know.
And the more I get to know the plants, the more I'm surprised by their mystery.

The main material of the painting is watercolor pencils, but recently, I have been attracted to the watercolor, so I am also working on watercolor paintings.

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Leaf of Horse chestnut

Korean Mountain Ash

Lupine

dracaena

pumpkin

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Caroline Ann Yvonne Bernik

I have always loved drawing plants since school and went on to art college to complete a foundation art course, but was not able to undertake an arts degree. After completing a number of drawing and botanical art courses and certificates with various distance learning programmes while in full-time employment, I am now finally able to do what I always wanted to do. In 2019 I was awarded the London Art College's Diploma in Botanical Coloured Pencils (with Merit) and my tutor pointed me in the direction of the SBA. I graduated with their Diploma (with Credit) in June 2022. This has enabled me to teach botanical art through my local adult education centres. I had three courses from October 2022 to May 2023 and currently have two courses which started this October. Botanical drawing and coloured pencils are not well-known here in my adopted country, Slovenia, as they are in my home country, the United Kingdom. I am introducing both to my local communities and now have enough work to be able to start exhibiting. So far I have had two illustrations exhibited: three pink peonies in the SBA December online exhibition and one of gourds in an ABA online exhibition. I had an articule published in the SBA Spring 2023 magazine.

I started teaching botanical drawing and the use of coloured pencils in October 2022, after graduating from the SBA with their Diploma in June 2022, with Credit. I particularly love drawing wild flowers and living so close to the Triglav National Park, I have a wide natural area in which I can find a variety of different plants. I use Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils mainly, although I also have a complete set of Prismacolor as well as new Derwent pencils. I have done some graphite work, though mainly on the diploma course. I will be combining both graphite and coloured pencil in future works, particularly the illustrations I will be entering for the Botanical Art World Wide 2025 exhibition through the Germany-Austria group. I have also done children's illustrations using pen and ink and this is another medium I wish to apply to botanical art. I'm still learning a lot about different techniques and materials to use and take the opportunity to return home to the United Kingdom once a year to attend a course or two to improve my drawing, my observation of plants and my use of coloured pencils.

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Cone flower

Gourds

Blackberries ripening

Peonies

Chrysanthemum

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Alla Rasskazova

Alla Rasskazova, was born in 1979 in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. Now based in Kyiv, Ukraine

Education
2022-2023 Natalia Kupchyk watercolour studio (#natiik_artschool) private lessons, Kyiv, Ukraine
2021-2022 Spirtus Botanical art school, basic and PRO courses, Kyiv, Ukraine
2017-2019 Studio “Tanya Sava Art”, Kyiv, Ukraine
1996-2001 National University “Kyiv-Mohyla academy“

Exhibitions
2023 “I love Kyiv” collective, “Mytets” Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2023 “Unbreakable flowers”, botanical collective, “Mytets” Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine
2023 “Power”, collective, digital 3D exhibition, “Artwork gallery”,
2023 “Art as a response to the mental health”, Doncaster art fair, online exhibition,
2023 International juried art competition, “Teravarna” gallery, Honourable mention award, online
2019 “Unity of dissimilars”, collective, “The Centre of Ukrainian Culture and Art”, Kyiv, Ukraine

I’m Ukrainian botanical artist, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Each of my works explores not so much the structure of the plant, but the feelings that this image evokes when the work is finished. Behind every my artwork there is a real person, event or memory which impressed me or worried. Depicting plants is just a language I use to express these emotions.
For me a flower is not just a flower, aesthetically pleasing to see and to paint, something simple, clear and perfect. I am searching for senses and emotions which could relieve the anxiety and world pressure we experience each day.
I’ve come to botanical style for my expression because it fits my perfectionist’s nature with considered and planned approach but at the same time it allows my inner hooliganism be happy with free and unpredictable flow of the watercolour. Water is a key element for the life, that’s why for me watercolour is perfectly matching the natural healing concept l put inside my art. My latest projects done during the war in my country, listening air attack sirens, sometimes having no electricity, being depressed and impressed, but all these had influenced me in a positive manner - I crystallised the reasons and senses driving me to be an artist.

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Cones

These cones are not just representatives from my garden.
These are embodiment of our children. They are unique and special, but what will grow up from these seeds?
Lots of time, patience and love required to make them sprout and become strong and beautiful trees.

From left to right:
Pinus negra
Picea abies
Pinus wallichiana
Pinus strobus
Picea omorica

Ears of wheat

Sorbus intermedia

Hellebores

Quinces

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Sian Tillott

Selected Group Exhibitions

‘Enigma’ 2023, The Gallery Holt, Norfolk

Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition ‘Plantae 2023’, Mall Galleries, London

Royal Society of British Artists Bicentennial Annual Exhibition 2023, Mall Galleries, London

Winter Exhibition ‘Works on Paper’ 2023, The Gallery at Green & Stone, London

Winners: Award Winning Artists 2020 - 2022, The Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London

Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition ‘Plantae 2022’, Mall Galleries, London

Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2022, Mall Galleries, London

Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 2015, Mall Galleries, London

National Students’ Art Exhibition 2014, Mall Galleries, London

National Students’ Art Exhibition 2013, Mall Galleries, London

National Students’ Art Exhibition 2012, Mall Galleries, London

Awards

Exhibiting Excellence Award 2022, Most Contemporary Example of Botanical Art, Society of Botanical Artists

Hahnemühle Fine Art UK Award 2022, Royal Society of British Artists

The de Laszlo Foundation Prize Highly Commended 2022, Royal Society of British Artists

Student Art Scholar 2014, Royal Society of British Artists

As a London-based artist working predominately in graphite and charcoal on paper, I am inspired by the restorative benefits of nature and its enduring beauty. My previous focus on portraiture has shifted toward botanical portraits, as I am drawn to the textures, shapes and shades of the natural world.

Through my work, I like to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world, and the ways in which nature can provide solace and healing. My background and degrees in Psychology inform my artwork, as I am interested in the psychology of art and the impact of nature on our well-being.

I am currently experimenting with new mediums, such as coloured pencil, on a smaller scale, but I will continue to focus on large-scale graphite botanical work. This is because I am much more drawn to monochromatic palettes where I am able to capture the subtle nuances of form and texture in my botanical portraits and I find the experience of working with graphite on cotton paper to be a satisfying and tactile one.

I have exhibited my work in galleries across London and the East of England and I am passionate about the role that art can play in connecting people more closely with nature and inspiring them to protect it.

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Magnolia in Bloom at Kew III

I am very much inspired by the diversity of Magnolias at Kew and sought to capture the interplay of the lightness and darkness, textures, and the upward gaze towards the sky in this portrait. The magnolias' delicate tepals, juxtaposed against the sturdy branches create a sense of awe and wonder. I hope this drawing captures the beauty and inspiration that I find every year in the Magnolia collection at Kew.

Magnolia in Bloom at Kew II

I wanted this work to highlight the beauty, strength, and endurance of the captivating magnolia, dancing in the light.

Pressed Rose

This drawing is a cherished reminder of my husband's marriage proposal. I pressed one of the white roses from the bouquet he gave me, and have wanted to draw it since. Although I primarily work on a large scale in graphite on paper, I decided to experiment with coloured pencils for this botanical life-sized drawing to capture the delicate and warm colours of the rose. I look forward to experimenting with new mediums and plan on doing a series of work drawing pressed flowers. Whilst the pressed rose may deteriorate over time, I will cherish this drawing forever.

Blossom at Kew

I was drawn to the juxtaposition of the delicate blossom in the foreground, symbolising the feelings of hope, love, and compassion against the background to convey that positivity can bloom out of darkness.

Double Tulip

I was drawn to the rich, vibrant colour of these double tulips and their fullness and depth, reminiscent of peonies. This is my smallest drawing to date as I continue to experiment with new mediums. Whilst I will continue to do large scale graphite drawings, I look forward to experimenting with smaller works in different styles and mediums.

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Marta Mira

With a background in arts and after starting a degree in Design, at the end, I ended up graduating in Jazz and Modern Music. Also graduated in Visual Merchandising and projected and executed watch and jewelry show windows for well-known brands such as: Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, Pandora, Gant, Fossil, Skagen, Diesel, Sector, Tommy Hilfiger, among many others.

Besides the visual merchandiser, I always taught in several areas: music for children; singing for adults; literacy and Portuguese for foreigners.

Over the last few years, I have intensely deepened my practical and theoretical knowledge about watercolor and oil painting, in a self-taught way.

I dedicate myself to botanical painting, sometimes realisticaly, others in a poetic way, and human representation in a very personal line.

I acquired my art studio in 2021 and I produced illustrations for both private and commercial purposes. Already created and sent originals and reproductions to clients not only in Portugal mainland and islands, but also to some parts of the world: Luxembourg; United States; Spain; Brasil, Swiss.

I currently work mostly with watercolor, mixed media (watercolor with colored pencils, mainly) and water-soluble oil paint. I started painting botany in watercolor in 2020 and it was an immediate passion, I've never been able to stop. I alternate between realistic painting and poetry, painting flowers by mixing the real with chromatic and compositional changes. I paint mainly on 100% cotton paper, it's a passion and an obsession, and on mostly linen canvases and I'm going to start painting on wooden panels.
As well as botany, I've created a type of illustration along adult-child lines, depicting people in a kind of wooden figure. I also love children's illustration, but I can't devote myself to it. I mostly do botany and these illustrations.
I also have a certificate of pedagogical competence, I'm a certified trainer, and in the future I intend to teach classes and workshops.

* I'll take this opportunity, this text box, to apologize for all the mistakes I've probably made in English. I'm Portuguese and I've tried to do my best. I hope I haven't written any nonsense.)

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Ouriço / Pincushion Flower

Scanned image of the original. This illustration was not painted looking to a photograph as reference, but by looking at the real flower. It's painted on a 100% cotton paper, 300gsm.

Bolotas secas de carvalho / Dried oak acorns

This illustration was not painted painted looking to photo as reference, but by looking at the real flower.

The first image is a scanned image of the original. For the second one I created a montage of photos, of the real painting and details. I thought I could put more than one photo, but I was only allowed to put one, so I made the montage. I hope that's ok. I did exactly the same with the previous one, image 1, and for the next ones.

Flor de algodão / Cotton flower

This illustration was not painted by looking to photo as reference, but by looking at the real flower. I never use photos when I want to paint more realistically, except when it's a "fast-moving" flower. In that case, I take photos to remember, if necessary.

Girassois / Sunflowers

This paint is a mix of reality and my interpretation of different perspectives and stages of the sunflowers, in a composition I created as I went along. I used real sunflowers as a reference, but I also took photos of them as this was a painting that would take some time. I didn't go into too much detail but focused on the whole, on the vivid contrast of the colors, trying to make us feel the warmth and light that sunflowers needs.

Folhas secas / Dried leaves

My initial idea was to send you one of my large-scale watercolor paintings, or another oil painting, to show you diversity and evolution. But at the end, I decided to send you these tree little leaves, they were some of the first paintings I did and I have a special affection for them. It was because of them that I started receiving commissions and transforming my life, making painting and illustration my current profession and my great passion.

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Katharina Ritter

I have been passionate about drawing and painting since I was a child. After completing high school, I studied Environment and Bioresources Management at the University of Natural Resources in Vienna. Those years were formative and made me highly aware of the biodiversity loss we are currently experiencing. It seems all the more important to me that we appreciate (and learn to appreciate) the incredible diversity of life forms on this earth and find ways to protect this diversity – both on a large and small scale.

When I spend hours drawing a plant, I see it as one of the many ways to express appreciation and fascination for the diverse forms of life.

Primarily, I work with graphite and colored pencils. Recently, I have also been dedicating myself more to watercolor drawing. I enjoy learning new techniques and experimenting with different materials. When I am drawing, I try to capture the characteristics of the plant and pay close attention to the details. Our garden and the surrounding flora inspire me, as well as the changing colors and vegetation throughout the year.

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Aubergine

Gladiole

Austernseitlinge

Schwarze Johannisbeere

Weintraube

In general, taking photos of the drawings was difficult and of course i need to improve my method. Nevertheless i hope that the quality is sufficient.

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Nessie Ramm

I have worked as an artist all my life. I studied natural sciences at Cambridge University (1994-7), specializing in plant biology, then followed that with an art foundation course at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh (1998) and an MA in fine art at City & Guilds of London Art School (1999-2000).

Whilst living in London (2000-2007) my paintings were landscapes with a plant focus: allotments, gardens, city farms and parks. I exhibited with Archeus Fine Art in Albermarle Street and the Millinery Works Gallery in Islington. I had a Leverhulme Trust residency with the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens.

I have always sought to represent plants in context with the human world. My current work is the culmination of this journey, highlighting the plants which grow on our road verges. I have shown my road verge paintings with the SBA in 2017 & 2019 and at exhibitions in Watts Gallery, (Guildford) and Wells Cathedral. This year I have had a solo show with WIA Gallery in Lewes.

I appreciate my work may be rather different in style from the majority of SBA artists (whom I greatly admire) but it springs from the same root - a deep love of plants, an appreciation of detail and a concern for the natural world.

Toadflax, woundwort, goat’s-beard, viper's bugloss: the names read like a 16th Century Herbal. But if you’re looking for our native wildflowers you might struggle to find them in the countryside, where intensive methods can leave little habitat. Instead, turn your attention to the verges alongside our road network. There you will find these plants from a lost bucolic era, now thriving undisturbed on roundabouts, along slip-roads and in litter strewn lay-bys.

Nessie Ramm is on a mission to paint the road verges of Britain in exquisite detail on to metal road signs; to render visible the wildness and value of these unloved spaces. Her work is a call to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

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A120 Diversion (Wild Carrot & Bristly Oxtongue)

Part of my road verge collection. Image based on observation of a wild verge in Stonegate East Sussex.

Slow (A21 Knapweed and Common Centaury)

From my road verge series. Based on observations of wild plants growing at Forstal Farm roundabout on the A21 at Lamberhurst, Kent.

The Arrival of Spring (Skid Risk)

Part of my road verge series. Based on observations of wild plants growing at Woods Green near Wadhurst, East Sussex

30mph (dandelion, buttercup & brome)

Part of my road verge series, based on observations of a verge in Wadhurst, East Sussex

Pay At Meter (Ivy-leaved Toadflax and Maidenhair Spleenwort)

Part of my road verge series. Based on observations of wall-growing plants & signage at the Union Street car park in Wells, Somerset.

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Patricia Gherase

As a botanical artist, I blend a diverse educational background, including a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Art, with a deep passion for capturing the intricate beauty of the plant kingdom. My artistic journey took me through pedagogy and fine arts, culminating in the completion of the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course with Distinction between January 2021 and March 2023.
My recent exhibition history includes showcasing my botanical illustrations at the prestigious Society of Botanical Artists "Plantae" exhibition in 2022 and 2023. These exhibitions served as a platform to share my work, drawing attention to the delicate balance I strive to strike between scientific precision and artistic expression. My art aims to foster a profound connection between people and the captivating world of botanical wonders, inspiring a sense of wonder and a commitment to the preservation of our natural heritage.

As a botanical artist, I'm dedicated to capturing the intricate beauty of the plant kingdom, paying homage to its diverse world. Each piece explores the delicate balance between scientific precision and artistic expression.
Through my illustrations, I unveil the hidden stories of often-overlooked plants. I meticulously record details with precision and authenticity, bridging the gap between art and science.
My journey is an ongoing adventure of discovery, drawing inspiration from intricate patterns in leaves, the exquisite form of flower petals, and vibrant plant colours. Each subject tells stories of adaptation and nature's intrinsic beauty.
I aim to foster a deeper connection between humanity and botanical wonders, serving as a tool for education and advocacy. By sharing the beauty of the plant kingdom, we can inspire others to protect and nurture the ecosystems sustaining life on our planet.
My artistic journey is a celebration of the incredible intricacies and harmonies of plant life, a reminder of our responsibility to be stewards of the Earth. With each brushstroke, I aim to connect people with the enchanting world of botanical art, fostering wonder for the botanical wonders of our planet.

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Punica granatum

Savoy Cabbage

Yellow Flag Iris

Begonia 'Rocheart'

Nature Notes

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Avantika Shrivastav

I am based in India. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, which made me see details in subjects closer than ever. I started the SBA DLDC in 2019 and graduated with distinction in 2021. I have exhibited my work in international exhibitions in UK (SBA Plantae) and Australia (Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney) , both in 2023. I have been commissioned to paint illustrations for books, one a book cover.

My love for nature and capturing its beauty on paper started as a child. My favourite medium is watercolour, wet in wet technique is one I which I absolutely love. I was born in India, a country rich with nature and it is always a joy to find a new plant to paint. My favourites to paint are roses, dark coloured subjects, fruits and vegetables and full botanical illustrations of plants I find that capture my attention. Capturing details and giving subjects form is therapeutic for me.
I love teaching my love for botanical art and watercolour and teach online classes on Patreon.

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Roses

This rose variety (unknown) had a range of colours from hints of yellow to pink and I wanted to capture that on paper.

A Celebration of Fruits

This painting spanned over months, capturing different fruits as they came in season, from the beginning of the year to the end.

Moringa oleifera

A full botanical illustration of the highly medicinal drumstick tree.

Mixed Flowers

A mixed composition of flowers growing around me, DLDC assignment.

Stictocardia beraviensis

A full botanical illustration of the Hawaiian Bell Sunset Vine from my Diploma Portfolio .

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Christina Mucha

Christina is based in Singapore. She has extensive experience in the Creative and Publishing fields. She has recently completed her SBA (Society of Botanical Artists) DLDC Diploma, prior to which she had no experience in watercolour or botanical art. Her perseverance and enthusiastic nature aided her in overcoming the many challenges faced while creating her work. In addition to earning a distinction from the course, one of her works also won the second prize in the John Waterman Award at Plantae 2023 in the UK. Her desire is to be a life-long student of Mother Nature and to continue her creative endeavours in botanical art and illustration, portraying the story of each plant accurately and aesthetically in a unique and personal way – she believes she is on a mission. 

Education
SBA DLDC Diploma with Distinction 
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Advertising)

Exhibitions
Plantae 2023, at the Mall Galleries, London, UK
Botanica de Materia Medica 2023, at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia

Currently focused on watercolour, but also working in monochrome, gouache and vellum. I see each botanical artist, through their significant work, as a one-of-a-kind wisdom keeper. As a botanical artist, I’m particularly interested in understanding how I can apply nature’s wisdom to improve our overall mental, emotional & physical well-being through my works of art. To always have the courage to find ways to capture and tell the unique and authentic story of nature which perhaps no one has told or to demonstrate a characteristic which has not been observed before, no matter how controversial it may be at the time – be it big or small, weird or wonderful, cure or poison. The wisdom of nature is a profound gift available to each of us, if only we allow ourselves to be its student. Being in nature helps us to let go of the impulse to own what is true, and think we have all the answers. Instead we recognise that we are part of a mysterious, much greater truth. To this end I believe it is crucial to shine the spotlight on the natural world and its fundamental impact on our overall wellbeing.

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Mulu, Essence of Borneo

Inspired by a 2019 trip to Mulu. The 5 specimens, unique to Borneo, are Caryota no Becc "Giant Fishtail Palm", Johannesteijsmannia magnifica "Silver Joey", Grammatophyllum speciosum Blume "Tiger Orchid", Aeschynanthus tricolor "Lipstick Plant", Nepenthes rafflesiana Jack ex Hook. f. "Raffles' Pitcher Plant" & 2 insects Trogonoptera brookiana "Rajah Brooke's Birdwing Butterfly" & Pyrops candelaria "Lantern Bug" also encountered during my trip. I further studied some of the specimens in Singapore Botanic Gardens. I'm delighted that it won the 2nd prize for the John Waterman Award, Plantae 2023.

Strelitzia reginae 'Bird of Paradise'

Strelitzia reginae is a dramatic plant with distinctive iridescent orange and midnight blue flowers that resemble an exotic bird peeking out from the broad leaves. As I have always been fascinated by the spontaneous and elegant appearance of Strelitzia reginae, I decided to study it as my very first botanical illustration subject. The dissection session aided me in understanding the remarkable form and function of the plant's reproductive structures. This piece was displayed in Plantae 2023.

Borassus flabellifer 'Palmyra Palm' & Epiphytic Ferns

Palmyra Palm exhibits a wealth of forms, textures and subtle colour variations which alone are already an interesting subject. I have been curious by how Palmyra Palm plays host to numerous epiphytes particularly in the habitat formed by the petiole remnants on its trunk. In my artwork, I have showcased Davallia denticulata 'Rabbit's foot fern’, Pyrrosia piloselloides 'Dragon's scale’, Vittaria lineata 'Shoestring fern’, Pyrrosia longifolia 'Long-leaved felt fern & Nephrolepis biserrata 'Giant Swordfern'. This unique commensalism has been fascinating to observe.

Zea mays ‘Maize’

Although the subject appears to be simple, I found it to be technically challenging to draw. In choosing a monochrome tonality for this subject my aim was to bring emphasis to the contrasting forms and textures observed in this fascinating fruit, which I found to be visually appealing. I felt that the rough striated texture of the dry husk, smooth reflective surface of the cob and fine hair like filaments of the silk lent themselves to a medium such as graphite which would accurately capture the play of light and shadow to articulate the plant's medley of forms.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Peacock Flower’

The Peacock Flower, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is the national flower of Barbados and renowned for its unique, vibrant blooms. The genus was named after Andreas Caesalpini, Italian botanist and physician whose De plantis libri XVI (1583) is considered the first textbook of botany. Besides being visually appealing, it also attracts a variety of pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and birds. In traditional medicinal practices, various parts of this species are used for their therapeutic properties. A great learning and observation experience with this specimen from afar as well as close-up.

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Nina Mayes

Nina Jayne Mayes is a botanical artist with a background in Ecology and Conservation. Nina has always had a passion for nature with a childhood full of country walks, gardening and drawing animals. She graduated with a degree in Zoology with Marine Zoology at Bangor University and completed her Masters in Wildlife Management and Conservation at Reading University before working for the Environment Agency as an Environmental Monitoring Officer, specialising in the identification and monitoring of aquatic invertebrates and macrophytes in rivers.
Nina was torn between science and art as she was completing her Secondary School education but after 10 years working as an ecologist, she discovered an opportunity to combine her two areas of expertise and completed the Chelsea School of Botanical Art Diploma.
The combination of scientific and artistic accuracy is something that she strives to achieve in her paintings and she takes great pride showcasing the finer details and key identification features of the subjects of her art. Nina still takes part in citizen science, volunteering for the Riverfly Partnership where she samples her local chalk stream for invertebrates to monitor the water quality.

I want people to see the beauty of my chosen plants and share the fascination that I have with them when looking at my work. I would love people to feel as if they had bent down to examine the plant themselves, touched it and held a hand lens up to it to see the tiny details. I want each painting to show the key identification features of the plant so that they could be identified just by looking at my painting and a plant key. I also try to tell a story about a particular plant's life cycle, habitat, health benefit, or issue. My dream is to continue to learn about different plant communities, ecological relationships, and environmental issues and to raise people’s awareness of them through my paintings.

I observe my chosen plants in the field, taking photos, notes, life size drawings and colour match. I plan my paintings very carefully using all this information so that the life cycle can be captured with a composition that works well.

I would love to be part of the SBA to make new connections and friendships with like-minded members online and in person at talks, gallery visits and at the yearly Plantae exhibition which I hope to exhibit at next year.

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Yellow Flag Iris, Iris pseudacorus

Iris pseudacorus or ‘Yellow Flag Iris’ gets its ‘pseudacorus’ name from the introduced Acorus calamus. Their flowers are completely different, but their leaves are identical and so the UK’s yellow flag iris is known as the ‘pseudo’ acorus.
Iris pseudacorus has v-shaped interlocking leaves at the base, leading to erect blue green/green leaves up to 90cm long with penknife-shaped tips. The bright yellow flowers are 8-10cm across and can have purple veins at the petal base. The outer tepals are unbearded and the stylar branches have become petaloid with stigma lobes.

Branched Burr Reed, Sparganium erectum

Sparganium erectum or 'branched bur-reed' is the most widely distributed stream plant and can be harvested from the wild for local use as food and medicine. It is also an important food for wild fowl.
Sparganium erectum is a monoecious plant, meaning that it has separate sex flowers on the same plant. The female heads are at the base of the branched inflorescence and the male heads are at the top. The fruiting heads are wonderfully globular and spiky. The linear leaves which are triangular in cross section grow broadside on to the stems and have 'burnt' tips. Sparganium erectum has rhizomes.

Flowering Rush, Butomus umbellatus

Butomus umbellatus or 'Flowering-rush' is the only UK native species in the Butomaceae family. Despite being known as the flowering rush, it is not a true rush and is an aquatic herb closely related to the water-plantains Alisma and Sagittaria.
Butomus umbellatus has parallel veined long leaves that twist towards the tip. The leaves are triangular in cross-section like Sparganium erectum, however you can tell them apart by tearing the leaf and if there are gossamer threads then it is Butomus. This is diagnostic. The flower stems are round with a terminal umbel of many rose-pink flowers.

Great Reedmace, Typha latifolia

Typha latifolia or common name 'great reedmace', or 'bulrush', is one of two UK native species in the Typhaceae family. Despite being known as the bulrush, the true bulrush is a different macrophyte species called Schoenoplectus lacustris in the sedge family.
Typha latifolia is monoecious, having separate sex flowers on the same plant. There is no gap between the male and female parts of the spike which is a diagnostic feature for Typha latifolia. The upper part of the spike is male and made up of many stamens and the lower part is female and made up of many ovaries and hairs.

Common Water Plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica

Alisma plantago-aquatica or 'common water-plantain', is also called the mad dog weed due to it being used in the past to treat rabies. It has also been used to treat dysentery, epilepsy and kidney stones. The word Alisma is Celtic for 'water', a reference to where it grows. Early botanists named it after the Plantago genus due to the similarity of their leaves.
Alisma has an inflorescence of several tiers of whorled branches. Each branch then follows the same pattern of whorls. The triangular stem of the inflorescence can reach up to 1m tall. The flowers are pink and open in the afternoon.

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Sooka Kim

In my current artistic practice, I primarily work with watercolors, with a particular focus on the dry brush technique. This method allows me to create detailed and intricate artwork with a unique texture and depth. I find watercolors to be a versatile medium that complements my interest in capturing the beauty of Australia's diverse native plants.

Living in Australia, I'm surrounded by an abundance of fascinating native flora. These unique and often intricate plant species serve as a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am deeply passionate about exploring and depicting the stunning botanical diversity of this region in my paintings.

Additionally, I am considering branching out into oil painting. This medium offers a different set of possibilities and challenges, and I'm eager to experiment with it to further expand my artistic horizons. It will enable me to explore new techniques and styles while continuing to showcase the natural wonders of Australia in my art.

Sooka Kim, born in South Korea in 1960, migrated to Australia in her early 40s and discovered her artistic talents. She gained recognition in toll painting, achieving top honors at the Royal Easter Show many times between 2023 and 2015. Building on her artistic foundation at Meadow Bank TAFE from 2010 to 2012, Sooka's true passion emerged when she embraced botanical art in 2015. Guided by accomplished artists such as Diannne Sutherland and Billy Showell, she honed her technique. Her commitment to learning culminated in the completion of the Society of Botanical Artists' Long Distance Learning Course in 2022, marking a significant milestone in her artistic journey. Sooka Kim's artistic pursuit is defined by her remarkable dedication to lifelong learning and her exceptional ability to capture the beauty of the natural world in her work.

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Corymbia ficifolia

The native Australian flower, commonly known as the red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia), is a popular subject for artists because of its vibrant and visually striking blossoms. Original artworks featuring this flower have been sold in botanical art exhibitions worldwide.

Giant Bird of Paradise

In this painting, I've captured the Giant Bird of Paradise, a rare and stunning plant that thrives in our own surroundings, bringing a touch of the tropics closer to home.

Waratah

Waratah is a beautiful and iconic Australian native flower that I have captured in my painting. It truly represents the beauty of Australian flora.

Red poppy

The red poppy holds a special significance for Australia, as it was among the first to bloom in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium during the First World War. The deep red of the poppy is said to have been inspired by the blood of fallen comrades saturating the soil. I painted this red poppy as a tribute to the memory of ANZAC Day, honouring the sacrifice and bravery of those who served."

Flanner flower

The soft, woolly feel of the delicate flannel flower, a native Australian wildflower, has always captivated me. It's one of my favorite flowers, and I decided to use a black background to accentuate its white beauty in my artwork."

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Izabela Maliszewska-Skiejka

Painting was always a hobby of mine. I have been taking part in art classess since I was in elementary school, but I've decided to make art a part of my carrer only after completing my Bachelor's Degree in Sinology. I went away for a scholarship in Shanghai which was initially related to my studies, but it gave me time to refocus and start pursuing an artistic path.
I started learning 3D modelling and had a plan of joining game development industry. I managed to learn enough to get my first job as a 3D Artist, but wanted to learn more so I attended a 1-year 3D Art program in Vancouver. Upon complition of this program I was hired in the movie industry in Montreal, where I worked on some of recent film and series productions (including blockbusters like "Top Gun: Maverick").
When the pandemic started I was forced to go back to Poland, which turned out to be an opportunity to reenter gamedev industry, in which I work now. That's where I started to focus on creating vegetation for games, which led to my fascination with botanical art. This fascination continues and keeps getting stronger.

I am a nature artist based in Warsaw, Poland. I've enjoyed observing nature and painting for as long as I remember and I am particularly fascinated by forms and shapes that life takes. I find that the act of intense observation can make any subject interesting and that proves to be especially true for the everchanging world of flora.
The intention behind my art is to make people appreciate natural world more deeply and to encourage them to learn and observe more of their surrondings. For me personally it has become a meditative process, which is at the same time an ongoing journey that allows me to express myself and show others the beauty that I see in nature.

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Fucus vesiculosa (dried)

Halidrys siliquosa

Cucurbita moschata

Magnolia grandiflora (fruit)

Zantedeschia albomaculata

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Olha Bondarieva

Hello!
It is difficult to fit the entire biography into a short letter, but if we are talking about artistic experience, then in 2021 I painted my first botanical watercolor, I attached it as a sample, it is a pomegranate on a branch. With this watercolor I participated in an exhibition of botanical art in Kyiv (Ukraine), 09.1-12.28 2021, which is held at the National Science and Natural History Museum.

From 10.1 to 10.26 2021, I participated in the "Botanical Stories" exhibition of botanical art, which is being held at the Center for Ukrainian Culture and Art in Kiev.

Due to sad circumstances, for the sake of safety, I had to leave Ukraine, now I am in Turkey, in Istanbul. There were several watercolor exhibitions with my participation.

Also, at the moment, my work “Hand of Buddha” is presented at the online exhibition “TEN” at ABA.

Watercolor botanical painting is my love, it is very important for me to develop as a botanical artist. In addition, I am planning to move to the UK in the near future. I want to find a circle of like-minded people. And we all know that active participation in specialized events greatly stimulates the development of skills.

Thank you for your attention, Olga.

I am interested in botanical illustration, botanical painting. In my work I use watercolors.
My creativity is not limited to drawing, I write books, blog, create calendars, coloring books and so on.
P. S.: My creative pseudonym is Olga Mi Corazon. I participate in events under this name.

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Datura metel

Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis. "Buddha's hand"

Figs

Pomegranate

Pomegranates

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Rose Torres

I grew up drawing, playing in fields, and growing flowers. Being out in nature has been my safe place when life is hard. In 2016, I enrolled in the Master Gardener program offered by Utah State Extension, our local land grant university. This was my first real taste of botany, and I was hooked.
Fast forward a few years. I know the plants in my garden well, many of them are native to Utah. I started photographing them, arranging them, giving them as gifts to friends. One day I stumbled upon a painting of an artichoke by Elane Searle. I was so inspired by this elegant painting; I began to teach myself watercolor so I could create botanical art too.
I graduated from the Society of Botanical Artists Diploma Course with Distinction (the highest level of diploma they award).
I find myself drawn to native plants and hope to use my art to educate others about the amazing plants that call Utah home, as well as aid in their conservation.
I currently have an illustration of Red Elderberry in the traveling exhibition with the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, and my Sego Lilies and Grass painting in a local Utah Watercolor Society exhibition.

My artistic journey is deeply rooted in my lifelong love for the mountains and deserts of Utah.
When I look at a plant, I am filled with wonder. There’s a whole world in that small space. My curiosity leads me to learn about the ecology, ethnobotany, botany, and modern uses of the plant. This learning informs my botanical illustration and fuels my desire to engage with the work of recording plants and educating everyday people about the wonders around us. Each painting is approached with as little impact to naturally occurring plants as possible. I travel to it. I take great care to not damage it as I photograph, sketch, and color match. If I can find it in a nursery or garden, I use that for reference. I plan to illustrate many of our endangered and rare plants, so perfecting the process of working from sketches, photographs, and herbarium specimens is crucial. I work mainly in watercolor on paper and sometimes graphite, occasionally mixing the two. I have experimented with other surfaces such as polypropylene and Vellum, and love both surfaces. The technical nature of my art is only aided by this otherwise challenging medium. I must observe, plan ahead, and pay great attention to every aspect of each plant and painting.

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Wildflower Bouquet

These are late summer blooming wildflowers of central Utah; Western Coneflower, Utah Sweetpea, and Showy Goldeneye, with a Hunts Bumblebee

Wyoming Paintbrush

These Utah native paintbrush (Castilleja linarifolia) are also the state flower of Wyoming. They are depicted with a Golden northern Bumblebee, which is a long tongued bumblebee and pollinator of these paintbrushes.

Sego Lilies and Grass

Sego Lilies are Utah’s state flower, and a somewhat elusive flower. They bloom in the spring in the foothills, then disappear into the surrounding grasses. The grass depicted is Little Bluestem, a native grass.

Red Elderberry

This is also a native plant to Utah, it lives in sub alpine areas in the state, as well as other Rocky Mountain states. The drawings in graphite are from left to right: flowers, enlarged berry, enlarged transverse cut berry, and two enlarged seeds, each 2x.
These berries are ripening, but not yet fully ripe. As they ripen, the cluster of berries will begin to droop all together. I have depicted them just before they droop.

Serviceberry

Three seasons of the serviceberry bush, Amelanchier alnifolia. This is also native to Utah, and a personal favorite.

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Alina Danilyonok

I am 38 y.o., was born in Kyiv region. Was in love with the painting since childhood and have visited art school. Have Master degree in easel painting (Mykhailo Boichuk Kyiv State Academy of Decorative-Applied Arts and Design). Have taken part in three all-Ukrainian exhibitions and held one personal exhibition

Нave been engaged in botanical illustration since 2020, really love mushrooms and pay a special attention to them. I teach children and adults to draw, conduct master classes in different techniques. In watercolor, I like to use multi-layer shading and paints with the granulation.

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Suillellus luridus

Boletus edulis

Hydrangea

Pink peony

Albizia

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Bobbi Angell

Bobbi Angell, internationally renowned scientific illustrator, draws plants for botanists with herbarium specimens at The New York Botanical Garden and other institutions. Her several thousands of illustrations, mostly neotropical and focusing on many new species, are included in numerous botanical publications. Sketching during field work in temperate to tropical regions and drawing native plants at her home in Vermont contribute to her diverse interest of plants. A printmaker and gardener, other artwork has been included the NY Times garden column, seed catalogs, and several memoirs. Bobbi is co-author of A Botanist’s Vocabulary and Darwin and the Art of Botany.

As a botanical artist, I enjoy drawing plants for botanists, especially illustrating new species of neotropical plants, and I do copper etchings. I also work on books, including Darwin and The Art of Botany
I was appointed to Society of Botanical Art in 1986 but did not attend in following years.

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Darwin's Orchid

printed copper etching, drawn at NYBG

Magnolia loebneri

copper etching with watercolor added, illustrated when tree was in bloom

Hobblebush

native shrub, illustrated during 3 seasons, printed copper etching

Raputia lindosana

scientific illustration of new species

Grias purpuripetala

scientific illustration of new species

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William de Wilde

Although I initially trained as a doctor at Bart’s Hospital, I knew from an early age that I really wanted to be a painter. I subsequently studied at Dartington College of Arts before teaching art & design at various schools & colleges. I have always exhibited my work including with the RI at the Mall Galleries and as part of the Illustrated Herbal exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians in 2018. I have pictures in private & public collections both nationally & internationally. I demonstrate painting techniques to many art societies & have illustrated two books. With an educational background in both science & art, I have found botanical illustration an ideal area for study & expression. Combining physical accuracy with artistic composition is a fascinating challenge. I was particularly honoured & excited to be asked to become a member of the Florilegium Society at the Chelsea Physic Gardens as my father had been Master of the Society of Apothecaries who founded the garden in 1673.

I am a painting member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and Nymans Florilegium Society. I paint using a wide range of media; watercolour, acrylic & oil and also draw extensively using graphite & watercolour pencils, pen & wash and pastel. I also make lino and woodcut prints. When illustrating plants, I initially make careful studies in sketchbooks using pencil and watercolour as well as taking photos both on location and in my studio. All plant life fascinates me, not only flowering plants but also trees, fungi, lichens and ferns.

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Rhododendron neriiflorum ssp. phaedropum

Found at @NymansNT. This Ward plant only flowers every 2 to 3 years.
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Arisaema exappendiculatum

Part of collection @NymansNT, found in walled garden. Painted in 2016 before it died.

Hellebore

Hellebore grown in own back garden.

Quince blossom

Quince bush growing in own garden.

Cornish hedgerow

Common mallow studied on location in Padstow.

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David Reynolds

I am an award-winning Australian watercolour artist and tutor with the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Nature in Art at Park Orchards. I specialise in Australian flora and fauna, exotic plants and wildlife and have been teaching this beautiful art form since 2009.

My botanical artwork is represented in the Victorian State Botanical Collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and in private collections in Australia and overseas.

I enjoy teaching botanical, natural history and wildlife art to local, national and international students as well as conducting specialist workshops in regional Victoria and interstate.

Born in Melbourne, Australia
Studied Graphic Design/Commercial Art/Video Production

Member of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Member of the Botanical Art Society of Australia
Member of American Society of Botanical Artist
Member of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Exhibitions
The Art of Botanical Illustration (since 2006)
Nature in Art Exhibition (since 2005)
World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition Canberra – 2018

Contact
Website: www.davidreynoldsart.com.au
Instagram: @botanicalarttv @davidreynoldsfineart
Facebook: David Reynolds Botanical Art
Youtube: botanicalarttv

David Reynolds - Artist Statement

I describe my painting style as ‘Accurate Realism’, always looking to portray my botanical and wildlife subjects with a high level of detail, yet doing it in a way that allows the pigments and techniques of watercolour to express themselves.

Working in watercolour with traditional techniques allows me the freedom of expression to achieve realistic botanical artwork. Carefully thought out composition and finding a natural balance within my subject is an important part of my process.

I have been interested in drawing and painting since childhood and through teaching botanical art I have the wonderful opportunity to share my passion for documenting the natural world with other likeminded people.

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Banksia serrata (Old Man Banksia)

Magnolia × soulangeana (Saucer Magnolia)

This painting was purchased in 2022 by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne for the Victorian State Botanical Collection.

Hakea laurina (Seed Pods)

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Rockii'

Papaver somniferum 'Opium_Poppy'

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Yunjeong Kim

I majored in fine art at college and was interested in the influence of nature in urban space on humans. Among these interests, i conducted subjective work on how spaces with plants are interpreted in various ways by humans. In the meantime, i happened to know about botanical art, and i was fascinated that it could record the time of plants and the endless circulation of plants.

I observe a plant for a long time and try to be as objective as possible. In Korea, spring, summer, autumn, and winter are clear, so it is fun to organize the appearance of plants adapting to the environment and changing according to the season on one screen. I also hope that, as the earth warms and many plants species face extinction, by recording them through botanical art, more people can feel the importance of plants.

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Stetsonia coryne (Salm-Dyck) Britton & Rose

made in 2020

Pinus densiflora Siebold & Zucc.

Korean red pine/ 2021

Magnolia kobus DC.

Mokryeon ( Kobus magnolia)/ 2023

Magnolia denudata var. purpurascens (Maxim.) Rehder & E.H.Wilson

2023

Abies koreana E.H.Wilson

Korean fir/2023