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.
Sarah holds the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Certificate in Botanical Illustration (Distinction) and she is also qualified to teach in lifelong learning.
Sarah exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
She has been awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit by the SBA (Society of Botanical Artists) in 2014 for her painting 'A View Inside - Echinacea purpurea'.
In 2014-2015 Sarah worked on a project in association with the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset, illustrating the natural elements of ancient hedgerows, in particular twigs and buds of trees and shrubs in winter, and was awarded a Silver medal by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) at the RHS London Botanical Art Show in February 2016.
She has also exhibited at the Florum exhibition in Kent UK and has had two successful solo exhibitions, one following a year of Artist in Residence for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
Sarah is also a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and in 2017 will have a painting exhibited at New York Botanical Garden in the ASBA's 'Out of the Woods' exhibition, after which the exhibit will travel around the USA until summer 2019.
Other memberships include the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Sarah relishes the opportunity of illustrating plants from this historic garden with the possibility of paintings being contributed to the garden's archives. She is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society.
Her paintings and illustrations are held in private collections and have also been reproduced in publications, interpretation resources for nature reserves and fine ceramic ware.
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