I just received my copy of "Botanic Endeavour"...... a stunning new limited edition book just recently released by the Florilegium Society for which I am a member of. I am so happy & proud seeing my painting inside of Hakea Gibbosa, which also appears on the back cover. I feel very honoured to have my piece included in this publication & having it in the company of the other incredibly talented artists gorgeous works.
The book was to accompany an exhibition (April this year), of all these beautiful artworks, held in the, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cooks voyage in the HMB Endeavour...... but due to Covid 19, the exhibition sadly has had to be postponed & will be held on a new date to be announced
Click here for more info about the Florilegium Society, this wonderful publication & how to order.
The spectacular Botanica Exhibition opens this weekend and this year is extra special being it's
20th Anniversary. Once again I'm thrilled to say I have a framed original painting hanging for sale in this exhibition (pics of it below - the Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly) as well as a small selection of my Limited Edition Prints.
Please find details and links to more info below.
Curator Robyn Macintosh brings Australian botanical art to life in the 20th anniversary celebration of the widely-acclaimed exhibition, Botanica. Sixty-six Australian and international botanic artists will be featuring more than 150 artworks during this 2-week exhibition, which guests can visit for free.
After exhibition update - exhibited artworks can be viewed here.
Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens
Foundation & Friends is the not-for-profit membership organization supporting conservation, horticulture, education, and science efforts in your Botanic Gardens.. Foundation & Friends is supported by over 5,500 wonderful members who love the Botanic Gardens, creating a strong and dedicated community of garden-lovers all over the world.
I'm very excited to post about a few new treats I've been preparing for the upcoming
Bowerbird Designers Market and Stirling Market for Christmas!
I have 3 new Limited Edition Giclee Print designs, 1 new Greeting Card design and 1 new Gift Tag design.
In addition to these, I have released a new range of small sized Open Edition Giclee Prints under my
"Little Beauties" range which I'm hoping to frequently add new designs to.
And lastly, I have a new Calendar for 2019, hot off the press and ready for purchase also!
So happy to have these new goodies on offer!
Feel free to contact me for any purchase enquiries and looking forward to seeing
everyone at the upcoming markets!
I'm thrilled to write an entry about this truly beautiful and special exhibition held in the
unique setting of the gorgeous historic house at Carrick Hill.
"Close to Nature: May Gibbs & Australian Botanical Art", displays a wonderful
collection of stunning pieces by Australia's iconic artist May Gibbs. In compliment to May's
beautiful work is a selection of nature inspired art by a number of Australian twentieth century
and contemporary artists. I'm so happy to say that two of my original watercolours are on
display among these beautiful works.
Please see below, a few snaps I took of the exhibition.
The house and the gardens are also stunning to wander through and make a lovely day out!
The exhibition is open until November 25th, 2018.
House entry fee applies.
Click here for more information from Carrick Hill
Click here for information on May Gibbs
Today I'm writing about 3 exhibitions currently showing at the wonderful Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens. I'm really happy to say that a painting of mine is in the Florilegium Exhibition and I was very lucky to attend the special artists preview night early in April, which was wonderful and a real thrill! It really was such privilage to see the many works by such talented artists, presented so beautifully and in such an exquisite exhibition space!
"The Florilegium: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney"
Displays the works of 64 Australian and International Botanical Artists who are members of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. The collection was previously exhibited at the Sydney Living Museum in 2016 and my Keteleeria fortunei painting is one of more than 80 paintings on display. Information about the Florilegium Society can be found on The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website here.
"Down Under II: Works from the Shirley Sherwood Collection"
In celebration of 10 years of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, showcasing a number of works from Dr Shirley Sherwoods amazing personal collection by artists from Australia and New Zealand.
"Plans and Plants: The making of the Temperate House"
To celebrate the re-opening of the Temperate House at Kew - the original drawing plans are on display and also examples of what plants were inside the Temperate House in 1863.
All exhibitions open from 31st March to 16th September, 2018
Click on the exhibition headings above for further details.
click here to see Katherine Tyrrells wonderful article on her Botanical Art & Artists website.
click here to listen to a wonderful & very interesting podcast interview with Dr Shirley Sherwood by
the very talented botanical artist Jess Shepherd of Inkyleaves.
Please find below a few snaps from the exhibitions.
Oh my gosh! A year has passed already and it's time again for the wonderful annual
Botanica Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney!
Once again I'm thrilled to have an original painting selected to hang at the Lion Gate Lodge, as well as having
a collection of my Limited Edition Prints and some lovely packs of my Greeting Cards on sale there also!
Please see the link and info below for exhibition details and also a sneak peak of my
Large Green-comb Spider Orchid painting with it's pollinator wasp.
Images from Botanica "Symbiosis"
My watercolour painting of the Large Green-comb Spider Orchid.
I'm so very lucky to have just recently returned from an amazing 4 week camping trip in Western Australia (my first time in this beautiful state)..... and being Spring, the flora was in it's prime! After travelling across the great Nullabor we visited many of the incredible southern national parks ..... Cape Le Grand, Fitzgerald River, The Stirling Ranges, Torndirrup and Walpole before ending up in beautiful Perth. Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth was just stunning! On the way back we went through the wheatbelt where I found the striking Eucalyptus Macrocarpa. I was just beside myself witnessing so many species of Banksias, Hakeas, Eucalypts and Orchids amongst such a variety of wildflowers, in their natural habitats. The diversity of plant life was just astounding! I can't wait to visit again one day! I've returned home with so many photos and inspiration for future works which is wonderful!
Here's just a sample of the beautiful flora and fauna I came across....
more also on my Instagram page.
It's once again that wonderful & exciting time of the year for the annual Botanica Exhibition at the
Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney ....and I'm thrilled to say I've finished a new original watercolour painting
which will be accompanying a number of my Limited Edition Giclee Prints for sale at the exhibition.
Please find all of the details below and a sneak peak at my new piece.
Be sure to click on the link below to read all about this fantastic exhibition including info for the opening night.
‘Botanica in Sickness and in Health’ is an unmissable contemporary botanical art exhibition inspired by
our complex and beautiful relationship with plants.
6 - 28 May in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
All works for sale.
My watercolour painting of a white Echinacea with an Australian Painted Lady Butterfly.
You can view my Instagram page to see a few progress snaps of this painting.
After much longing to return to this wonderful garden, I am thrilled to say I managed to fit in a small visit yesterday!
Oh, how I love this place.....I would love it to be a little closer, so I could visit a lot more often.
Many of the Banksias were putting on such a beautiful display...... there was an abundance of flower buds and so many honey eaters enjoying the smorgasbord of nectar from all of the flowering shrubs and trees.
Here's some of my snaps & useful links below.
Sadly I have been unable to visit the exquisite Florilegium: Sydney's Painted Garden Exhibition
(as described in my last post).... however, I have been very fortunate to have family visit Sydney very recently
and they so kindly took some great snaps and recorded some wonderful footage so I could see my painting
and what the exhibition looked like. I am so thrilled & grateful for this and have quickly put the
footage together in the short video below.