Asplenium nidus - bird's nest fern
Dryopteris affinis - golden male fern
Platycerium sp. – stags horn

Phlebodium aureum - golden polypody
Asplenium antiquum 'Victoria' - Japanese bird´s-nest fern
Dryopteris sieboldii - Siebold's wood fern

The paintings above are the sum of five years work due for entry in the 2014 BISCOT competition. The requirements for entry are submission of a minimum of six paintings on a botanical theme, All are watercolour on Fabriano. The inspiration for this set of paintings for BISCOT is a verdant colour palette and the fascinating shapes and diversity to be found in the fern family. My love of ferns goes back to childhood walks and play both in Scotland and Nigeria, discovering ferns secreted away in water runnels, hidden up trees, unfurling and eking out life in unusual and out of bounds nooks, unbound by regular garden cultivation.

Up coming Exhibitions:

9th - 17th September 2017. End of Year and Graduate Diploma Show at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in the Fletcher building (follow the ramp to the right of the hot houses)

We've had some lovely coverage of this exhibition from the Botanical Art and Artists Blog, a big thankyou to Katherine Tyrrell for including our RBGE graduate show.

News:

I graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh on Friday 8th September 2017. I am now a Dip BI! I managed to achieve a distinction and received the Eve Bennett award for Botanical Illustration, I will update the work here so come back to see more in a few months. I want to thank the RBGE for all of their support and family and friends who have helped me through this, thank you guys!

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Prints and Cards

I have limited edition prints of the top line "Asplenium nidus - bird's nest fern", "Dryopteris affinis - golden male fern"and "Platycerium sp. – stags horn" as well as first on the left "Phlebodium aureum - golden polypody" for sale, and cards of the Dryopteris affinis, please get in touch if you would like to order any.

More prints and cards are available, take a look...

If you are interested in commissioning a painting or drawing please contact me.


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