Sandra Doyle has been awarded the 'People's Choice Award after the votes were counted following the close of the Society of Botanical Artist's Annual Exhibition 2017.
Her acrylic ink and coloured pencil drawing of "The 4,000 year old Cypress of Abaruh, Sarv-e Abarkuh, Cupressus sempervirens var. horizontalis" impressed many visitors and topped the vote by those visiting the exhibition.
It was drawn to my attention at the PV by Heidi Venamore who pointed out that it was not only a very fine drawing but also clearly highlighted that Cypress trees in the Middle East grow in a completely different way to the ones in the UK. I then highlighted it in my Review: Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2017 - Changing Seasons
It was also unusual for the media chosen and I was left wondering how many people might not try using acrylic ink with coloured pencils for their artwork after seeing how effective the two can work together.
I was entirely unsurprised it sold so fast at the beginning of the exhibition as it's a very impressive work.
It was also wonderful to see somebody tackle a whole tree. Too often we see only parts of those plants that grow large - or even very large - and we never ever see what the whole habit of growth looks like.
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