Billy Showell was awarded the Best in Show Award for her painting of "Tulip Queen of Night" at the BISCOT Exhibition at Gardening Scotland (2nd-4th June 2017). The exhibition is organised by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in liaison with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Billy was also awarded a Gold Medal for her exhibit - the rest of which you can see below.
She's been having quite a week, having been announced as the new President Elect for the Society of Botanical Artists at the AGM three days earlier!
Below are details of:
Billy Showell is a very popular botanical art tutor and author as well as a best selling botanical artist. She's based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. She graduated from St Martins School of Art with a degree in Fashion design and illustration. However she changed direction when she fell in love with watercolour painting and started painting flowers. She has been pursuing a career in painting, illustration and tuition for some years and is the author of four books. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards over the years.
I first met Fran Thomas at the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2014 when she was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal for Native Scottish marginal pond plants (Rumex aquaticus, Menyanthes trifoliata, Iris pseudacorus, Caltha palustris, Lythrum salicaria & Petasites hybridus). It seems Fran has a particular affection for plants associated with water!
Lyn used to work as a physiotherapist and took up botanical painting at RBGR. She graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration in 2011 - and was graded Higher Merit.
Jenny is an experienced graphic/book designer and illustrator who comes from New Zealand but now lives in Edinburgh. She started studying botanical art in 2014 and in 2016, she graduated from the RGBE Diploma Course and was awarded a Distinction. Less than a year after graduation she has achieved a Silver Gilt Medal at BISCOT!
Karyn is a member of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists - which is the Alumni group for those who have completed the RBGE's Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Dany is an architect who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and in Arles in France. She studied with Annie Farrer at Kew and earned her Certificate in Botanical Illustration. More recently she has been completing the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Regina is a visiting lecturer in graphic design at the University of Massachusetts. She received the President’s Award for the highest achieving student when she graduated with her Diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists in 2007.
Jan Miller is the Secretary of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists
How to see the BISCOT Exhibition 2017
You can see the exhibition today at the Gardening Scotland Show, at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston between 10am and 5pm until Sunday 4th June 2016. (The exhibition opened on Friday).
Next week, the exhibition will transfer to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway Building, for a period of about three weeks (7th June - 22nd June).
I've now got all the names of those exhibiting at the RHS Botanical Art Show which will be held in the Lindley Hall in London later this month.
TODAY - I'm going to highlight the Trade Stands - which have introduced a few new names for me. Those teaching botanical art might like to note the numbers that relate to education and learning about botanical art.
TOMORROW - I'll be detailing the names of all the artists from all over the world who have been selected to exhibit at this years RHS Botanical Art Show in London. Some of them will be winning medals later this month!
There's details at the end of this post of dates, times and how to get there.
Botanical Art Societies
Both botanical art societies will be detailing what they have to offer for their membership fee and their different approaches to membership arrangements.
NEW South London Botanical Institute - Founded in 1910 in Tulse Hill, the South London Botanical Institute has a beautiful botanical garden and herbarium and runs a wide range of courses, workshops, school visits and events for all ages.
Education - tuition, diplomas and certificates
Those exhibiting with trade stands are split between individual tutors and organisations which offer taught Diplomas in Botanical Art.
The following are three Gold Medal winning botanical artists who are also botanical art tutors who have been teaching for many years. You can expect demonstrations and answers to questions you may have.
The following all offer a Diploma Courses in Botanical Art and will be able to show you what's involved and what they have to offer - plus (probably) artwork by students
For more about opportunities to learn more about botanical art see my Education section about tuition, courses, classes and workshops across the world
Various Arts and Crafts
Hannah McVicar - is a printmaker and illustrator who specialises in botanical screenprints. She also teaches courses in how to screenprint and will be demonstrating screenprinting live.
Rachel Dein - Rachel practices nature printing in concrete. She creates plaster cast tiles that record all the texture, pattern, and delicacy of plants and flowers
Save Me I'm Wild - this is about a concern for the loss of wild plant habitats. They produce Fine Art Prints and handmade cards
The Pressed Flower Guild - The Guild aims to raise the general standard of pressing flowers by enabling members to meet and share expertise and experiences.
Yateley Papers Ltd - will be offering block-printing taster sessions. Starting at 11am, classes are limited to 4 per session and on a first come first serve basis.
Maybe I'll see you there?
Location: RHS Lindley Hall, London SW1P 2QW (see map below)
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Below a few words about Jacqui and the courses...
Jacqui is relatively quiet online - even if the delivery of one of her courses relies on technology called Propagate which facilitates a Virtual Learning environment. She doesn't have a website, doesn't tweet (she's done two to date) and is fairly quiet on Facebook!
She started at the RGBE in 1997 as Artist in Residence. The handbook for the Diploma Course she runs provides a brief about course tutors - including Jacqui - so here's the official version - which now needs some editing at the end! :)
Jacqui Pestell trained at Trent Polytechnic and Goldsmiths in London, majoring
Back in 2004, the RGBE's bulletin was announcing that
The botanical art classes have become one of the most popular fixtures on the Garden’s Adult Education programme
Nowadays I often find Jacqui popping up in posts about projects being undertaken by the RGBE - such as the recent Floral of Nepal botanical illustration project and exhibition.
As you'd expect from a teacher who is delivering courses which support online learning, Jacqui is not averse to doing a video!
Below are a couple of videos involving Jacqui - from which you can see she's very much up for exploration and trying new things - including practices and media associated with other countries when it comes to botanical art.
The first is a video of Jacqui painting on Lokta paper during a visit to Nepal for the Flora of Nepal project recently undertaken by botanical artists based at RGBE.
The second is a video of how she and Sharon Tingey produced a 'Thangka' after their visit to Nepal. It's the Nepalese version of an ancient Herbal - a way of identifying plants from simple portrayals.
Jacqui is also a member of The Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists - which acts as an Alumni Association for graduates of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's botanical illustration diploma course.
The RGBE Diploma, Certificate and Short Courses in Botanical Illustration
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