I have exhibited botanical work in Scotland, England, Finland and Germany, and love playing with light and scale.
I hope to help share my love of botanical art with as many people as possible through our Society.
Anne Dana took up botanical painting ten years ago while working as an interior decorator.
The discipline of mixing exact colour matches, improved drawing technique and creating compositions in form and colour was seen as an aid to her interior work not an end in itself. Over the years this changed and botanical painting in all its variety has become her focus.
Painting, flowers, fruits and vegetables she has exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Society of Botanical Artists London, private galleries in Aberdour, Falkirk and Ullapool.
Jenny began drawing at a young age, where plants and wildlife were always the main subject of her paintings. Her early career was spent establishing herself as a graphic designer, later specialising in book design, while illustrating remained a hobby.
In 2014 she decided to further her drawing skills by joining the Botanical Illustration course at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In 2016 she graduated from the course with distinction.
A keen traveller, Jenny loves to take inspiration from visiting different places around the world and incorporating her findings into her artwork. She currently splits her time between Edinburgh, Scotland and Auckland, New Zealand (where she grew up) painting, running botanical illustration workshops and designing and illustrating books.
• Silver-gilt medal, BISCOT (Botanical Images Scotia) 2017
• RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration, with distinction 2016
• Eve Reid Bennett Award for “Most promising student” 2016
• Eve Reid Bennett Award for “Most progress in the subject of Botanical Illustration” 2015
• Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design, with distinction 2002
I am a part-time botanical artist and part-time graphic and web designer.
At the age of 15, I visited the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh’s festival exhibition of “The Botanical Paintings of Rory McEwan” and immediately went home and tried to reproduce watercolours of dried leaves and paint sweet peas. I wasn’t able to accomplish my vision and match my inspiration at that time, but a seed was sown.
In 2007 I began evening classes in botanical illustration at Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, attending a beginner’s class and moving on to the intermediate class the following year.
Alicia Salizar, my tutor from the intermediate class, looked at my work from the previous year and said, ”I know what you want to do.” With that, she began to show me how to accomplish paintings that matched my aims.
I exhibited in the 2014 BISCOT and was awarded a Silver Medal, I really enjoyed the exhibition process and met and talked to a lot of lovely people.I am currently undertaking a Diploma in Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (which is very exciting). mariannehazlewood.co.uk
Bill Phillips took the Certificate course in Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh in 2013, winning the prize for best student portfolio. This was an interesting and enjoyable experience and was followed by the 2-year Diploma in Botanical Illustration, graduating with Distinction in 2015.
Bill continues to develop a strong and individual watercolour style, focusing on botanical subjects, but with still life and landscape also represented. Currently, he is leading workshops in botanical drawing and watercolour for beginners at the Birnam Institute.
Exhibitions include the RBGE, BISCOT, the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists, Dunkeld Art Exhibition and the Perth Art Association at the 64th and 65th Annual Exhibitions and the 2017 and 2018 Arts Festival Exhibitions. Bill was a short-listed artist for the National Open Art Competition 2017. His painting Beech Hedge at Meikleour was accepted for the 7th RSW Open Summer Exhibition 2018.
My botanical artwork is part of my fine art practice. For me, it is one of the ways in which I can ask if I might be able to get a bit better understanding of other organisms, both human and non-human. I am also very fond of microorganisms, so I am ending up spending lots of time with plants that form symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
I teach a bit at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and try to work collaboratively as much as possible. I am part of a group of RBGE botanical artists working towards an exhibition in 2016 based on field research undertaken in Kathmandu valley, following the work of 19th century surgeon-botanist Francis Buchanan-Hamilton and his Indian artists.sarahroberts.net