The NEW SSBA Botanical Art Introductory and Intermediate courses in the south (Dumfries) and north (Aviemore) of Scotland are now available for
The courses are open to both SSBA members, other individuals and art groups in the south and north of Scotland who are interested in learning and developing their botanical art skills. The aim of the support is to provide better tuition in areas where it has been a scarce resource in the past.
The courses are spread over two Academic Years: Year 1 2022-23 and Year 2 2023-24.
Funded by the Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Prize 2022,
You can find details - including venues and suggested accommodation on:
Scottish Society of Botanical Artists wins £10,000 Finnis Scott Foundation's Botanical Art Prize 2022
The winner of the £10,000 Botanical Art Prize 2022 - awarded by the Finnis Scott Foundation - is the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, for their project ‘Botanical Art Training Scotland’.
The presentation of the £10,000 prize will take place in late May in Edinburgh.
The Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize 2022
WHAT THE JUDGES THOUGHT!
The judges thought that the entries were of a very high standard. However, they particularly liked the SSBA’s plan to
“We are delighted to award the biennial Finnis Scott Botanical Art Prize to the Society of Scottish Botanical Artists, to help in their work enabling Scots outside the central belt to participate in the creation of botanical artworks, with all the benefits that come with that.
The Society won the prize against very stiff competition from other groups in the United Kingdom. We wish the SSBA good fortune in their endeavours."
Ursula Buchan, Chair of the Finnis Scott Foundation
“The Prize is unique in that it offers the opportunity for dedicated botanical art societies and similar groups to apply for funding to develop projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to carry out. The botanical artist often works alone, so the opportunity to work in collaboration as part of a group can be incredibly inspiring.”
Sandra Wall-Armitage (one of the Judges)
"many of us were fortunate to have been taught by Lizzie at the Botanics and even more of you will have been familiar with her stunning work.
Lizzy was the doyenne of dry brush work. To watch her in action was a joy, to try and replicate her technique took considerable practice, time and a shed load of patience. "
Favourites are always bold, structural plants which themselves make a grand statement and which lead to careful, sometimes unconventional, composition.
from her website
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Hazel Forsyth Morris who passed away peacefully this morning in St Columba’s Hospice.
Hazel had been unwell for sometime. She was positive about her illness and determined to carry on with as much of her life as possible, without sharing her anxieties with others.
Hazel was a founder member of the SSBA in 2014 and became a Trustee and Director. She was the first Chairperson, a role that she undertook for four years with dedication and pride. She continued contributing to the SSBA as a Director and Trustee during 2019.
Her major contribution was the establishment of the SSBA annual exhibitions through her Chairing and co-ordination of the Exhibitions Committee. Most recently in November 2019 Hazel was pleased to be asked to present Mary O’Neill with the ‘People’s Award’ from the Whitehouse Gallery Exhibition. An exhibition that was a result of Hazel's hard work and negotiations.
Hazel is known to many Botanical Artists whom she met at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and classes held by Fiona and Robert McNeill. She also met many international artists through her work with the BISCOT committee that she joined in 2010 and was latterly the artist's contact person. She always acknowledged that she learnt so much about exhibiting from her BISCOT colleagues and friends.
Hazel loved snowdrops and tulips so I thought I would share with you her painting of a snowdrop that has been on the SSBA web site for some time.
Hazel on Hazel - her SSBA profile
I began my adult working life as a Home Economics teacher, and painted in watercolours, mainly landscapes, as a hobby and a way of relaxing.
After marrying, I accompanied my civil engineer husband as he worked mainly abroad, making homes and living in a number of countries in the Far East before returning to the UK to care for elderly parents. It was only after these family commitments were discharged that I was able to start thinking about taking up painting again.
I had been very interested in botanical painting for a number of years, influenced mainly, I think, by the work of Elizabeth Blackadder whose botanical paintings I saw regularly in Festival art exhibitions, and was fascinated by, complete with coffee stains, obvious alterations, and other marks on them; and yet, the marks somehow far from detracting, seemed to add to their artistic integrity.
However, it was only after picking up a booklet for educational courses at the RBGE that the possibility of studying this fascinating and complex form of art became a reality. I have now been painting botanical art for about nine years and attend Fiona Strickland’s class weekly.
In 2010 I was asked to join the committee of Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) and this has afforded me the opportunity of seeing at first hand, some of the best and most original work being created in botanical illustration today.
“It’s a real pleasure to be hosted by the prestigious Whitehouse Gallery, the light and space will complement the work of our Members beautifully.”
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