In my working life I was a retail buyer, with no background in art. I happened upon Botanical Illustration purely by accident, when I moved to Edinburgh around seven years ago.
I came across the painting classes at RBGE and, as I always liked plants and am a keen gardener, signed up for my first class. I completed the two-week certificate in 2018 and started the diploma in 2019.
Title of the Project:
Galloway Shoreline Plants
About the Project:
The five plants I have chosen are featured in a poem by my friend, poet and photographer, Julie Chambers, who inspired me to document her words in paintings. Her poem is entitled ‘Veneration Of All Life”. They are home to birds, insects and small animals and are all crucial to the existence of our pollinators, and ultimately, by extension, ourselves. These plants share a similar habitat, and all thrive along the shoreline around Kirkcudbright, where I spent lockdown in 2020 and 2021.
Urtica dioica, 46 x 61, Watercolour on paper, 2021
Urtica dioica L., 46 cm x 61 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021
Solanum dulcamara L., 46 cm x 61 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021
Rubus fruticosus L., 46 cm x 61 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021
Rosa spinosissima L., 46 cm x 61 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021
Hedera helix L., 46 cm x 61 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2020