BOTANICAL PAINTING OF A PLANT PORTRAIT IN WATERCOLOUR
2019 course dates 23 - 26th June
Born in Birmingham in 1943, Isobel trained in the Hotel and Catering Industry and following teacher qualifications later became a lecturer in Catering subjects in Technical Colleges in England and abroad.
Whilst running a Hotel Trades School on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia for the British Government, she was inspired by the lush exotica and brilliant colours of the tropical flora and experimenting with watercolours for the first time, started to draw and paint indigenous plants. On returning to England in 1984 and previously having had no formal art training, she went on a Botanical Illustration course with Margaret Merrit and knew then that she wanted to concentrate on painting flowers.
She has sold work in the U.K. and abroad, and has been awarded medals on nine occasions from the Royal Horticultural Society. She has contributed to illustrations in the Royal Horticultural Society’s " New Dictionary of Gardening " and has work in the R.H.S. Lindley Library Collection. Her paintings are included in several publications including Dr. Shirley Sherwood’s book “A Passion for Plants – Contemporary Botanical Masterworks”, and has two paintings in Volume 1 of the Highgrove Florilegium”, an initiative of The Prince’s Trust, which was published in 2008. She has also exhibited and worked closely with several specialist flower Societies. She has had several solo botanical exhibitions .
Most recently she has been involved with a project to paint the Irises in The Cedric Morris Collection to which she has contributed two paintings.
She has been a teacher in Further and Adult Education for over 35 years and taught Botanical Illustration since 1991. She has taught on residential courses in England and Scotland and set up many workshops in her local area of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
In 2010 she founded “Iceni Botanical Artists” which has around 25 members and has two exhibitions a year. (Website www.icenibotanicalartists.co.uk)
In 2014 she was awarded an HLF grant in the “Breaking New Ground” programme to run 12 x 1 day painting workshops. These were designed for the general public and featured local Breckland topics.
In 2016 IBA published a book from their collection of 45 paintings of wild flowers of the local area entitled “Breckland Wild Flowers – Heaths and Grasslands”, now in it's 3rd edition.
She greatly enjoys teaching and enthusiastically encourages her students to share her love of the plant world.
Early summer offers an exciting range of shapes, colours and textures including iris, wisteria, magnolia, roses, peonies, geraniums and other garden favourites. We will look closely at achieving the best composition for the subject, and accurately draw and paint a single stem with leaves, taking into account colour matching and technique.
One-to-one tuition and group demonstrations in a relaxed but encouraging atmosphere.
Suitable for all levels