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Welcome to my website - I hope you enjoy your visit.

 

I will be teaching a couple of classes at Wellesley College, Boston, USA next January; a one day class on dry brush technique on the 17th and a three day on painting using reference photographs from 20th to 22nd - snow day 23rd. The college puts on a really comprehensive botanical programme - course brochure is here (.pdf) and I'm on page 16. All booked up now...looking forward to meeting everyone.

You can read about some of my classes and see some students' work here, here and here.

 

I'm busy working on some new paintings to be exhibited at  Forum Botanische Kunst in Germany next April - it will be a joint exhibition (two other artists with differing styles).

 

 

Regal, black watercolour with gold leaf, 2014. Image size 28 by 16cm


Just to make people aware well ahead of it happening, the RHS Botanical Art show in London will be on 27-28 February in 2015. It will be a stand alone show and not part of the Orchid Show in April as it was this year.


Also definately worth a look if you are in London is the new exhibition at Kew Gardens - there's an interesting photo montage of Fritillaries to compare with Rachel Pedder's epic 18 foot long work and some great examples of Lucy T Smith's botanical illustratons. It's a fantastic and very varied exhibition. If you are planning to visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew then do be aware that it is now closed on Mondays and sometimes closed at lunchtime (sadly there's been a lot of staff cutbacks). Best to phone ahead to check they are open if you are making a special visit.

 

If you are interested in scientific botanical illustration then there is an interesting one day meeting at the Linnean Society on Thursday 29th January 2015 called 'Systematics & Botanical Illustrations'.

 

If you are looking for a painting course on botanical art then Fiona Kane has made a directory of those available in the UK here. The links tab has further information, including web-based courses.

 

I've added a page on all the botanical art exhibitions I can find mentioned on the internet in the UK (see sidebar: 2014 Art Calendar) - if you are aware of any more then do let me know and I'll put the details up.

 

I'm now on Facebook here posting about botanical art and on Twitter as @botanicalmartin chatting about plants.

Do say hello.....