Artist Profile

Sarah’s fascination and passion of illustrating the natural world stems from childhood and throughout her life this has followed alongside her main careers, in education for nearly 20 years and then working in conservation as an ecologist.

Her experience of specialising in curriculum development combined with her knowledge of ecology and conservation, come together in a dynamic way with her present career as an artist, illustrator and tutor. 

In her artwork and teaching she aims to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of nature in all its forms - from individual species to declining habitats.  This knowledge and experience means that she has been able to produce illustrations and designs to be used for interpretation resources for green spaces; fine ceramic ware and private commissions.

Subject matter is depicted in several media ~ watercolour on both vellum and paper ~ graphite pencil ~ pen and ink ~ gouache; and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Education

BSc Hons Ecology & Conservation Ecology

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Certificate in Botanical Illustration ~ Distinction

PTLLS - Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

ADCE - Advanced Diploma in Childcare & Education

NAMCW Diploma ~ National Association for Maternal & Child Welfare

Awards 

Certificate of Botanical Merit, Society of Botanical Artists ~ 2014 

Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal ~ 2016

 

Exhibitions

Society of Floral Painters 2000-2015 ~ various venues

Artist in Residence Solo Exhibition, Hants & IOW Wildlife Trust ~ 2011

Society of Botanical Artists, London ~ 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020

Hants & IOW Wildlife Trust, Making Waves Exhibition, Emsworth Museum ~ 2013

Hardings Gallery, Warsash, Solo exhibition ~ 2014

Florum Exhibition, Kent ~ 2015, 2016

New Forest Open Art, Lyndhurst, Hampshire ~ 2015, 2018

Kingcombe Centre, Dorset, Art Weeks ~ 2015

Dorset Art Weeks, Kingcombe Centre ~ 2016

Royal Horticultural Society London Botanical Art Show ~ 2016

Hampshire Open Studios ~ 2017

American Society of Botanical Artists, Out of the Woods Exhibition, New York, California, Missouri, Arizona, Minnesota ~ 2017-2019

The Illustrated College Herbal: Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618, Royal College of Physicians, London ~ 2018

Our World Imagined Exhibition, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire ~ 2018

Allen Gallery, Alton, Hampshire, Open Exhibition ~ 2019

Commissions

 Commissioned by publisher The Crowood Press  to illustrate and write a book 'Natural History Illustration in Pen and Ink' ~ due for publication in 2021

Logo design commissions ~ Ecological Consultancies

Interpretation design for green spaces ~ Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust, Graffam Water.  Ecological Planning & Research Ltd.

Jayne Chapman Pottery, feather portraits for fine ceramic ware

Numerous private commissions

Collections

Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society Archive

Private collections in UK, USA, Japan, Thailand, New Zealand & Ireland

Residencies, Community Events & Event Organisation

Joint Co-ordinator (England), Botanical Art Worldwide Project, Event & Exhibition ~ 2018

Artist in Residence, Swanwick lakes Nature Reserve, Hants & IOW Wildlife Trust ~ 2010-2011

Heritage Apple Day Event, King John's House, Romsey, Hampshire ~ 2016

Heritage Tomato Day Event, King John's House, Romsey, Hampshire ~ 2018

Memberships

Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society

Fellow of the Linnean Society

American Society of Botanical Artists

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Teaching

Art Tutor, Hants & IOW Wildlife Trust ~ 2005-2015

Independent Art Tutor ~ 2010 - present day

Art Tutor, Peter Symonds College AHED ~ 2012-2017

Art Tutor, Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust ~ 2013 - present day

Art Tutor Rums Eg Gallery, Romsey, Hampshire ~ 2014

Bath Society of Botanical Artists ~ 2016, 2017, 2020

Workshop Tutor, American Society of Botanical Artists, San Francisco Conference ~ 2017

Nature in Art, Gloucestershire ~ 2018

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh ~ 2018

Teaching cover tutor, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew ~2018

Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists ~ 2019

Eden Project Florilegium Society ~ 2020 (postponed)

Irish Society of Botanical Artists ~ 2020 (online)

Oregon Botanical Artists ~ 2020 (online)

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