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Meet the artists behind the art, as they talk through
favourite botanical art projects or techniques.

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These one-hour online talks, started during the Pandemic, aim to connect those inspired by botanical art at every level, whether beginner or professional artist. Presentations are richly illustrated with examples of artwork and/or technique demonstrations, followed by the opportunity for Q&A. Every talk is unique in style, reflecting the personality and interests of each artist.

Scroll down to see upcoming speakers. Register to either watch live, giving you the opportunity to interact with the speaker, or to watch a recording during the following week.

BOTANICAL ART CONVERSATIONS 17th February 2024 - details below. (This interactive day is now SOLD OUT).


Please read notes below or comprehensive frequently asked questions HERE


Below you will see the speakers booked up until the summer. 

Book more than a month before, for a 25% discount.

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7pm GMT (2pm EST, 11am PST)


Curated by Julia Trickey

During 2023 I hosted twenty online talks, giving you the opportunity to look over the shoulder of over thirty leading botanical artists from all around the world. In this FREE one hour presentation, I will share short extracts and images from the 2023 programme of talks. If you have not attended any of the webinars before, this is a great way of seeing what they are like and of getting an overview of last year's programme of speakers.


2023 speakers included: Asuka Hishiki, John Pastoriza-Piñol, Shevaun Doherty, Bobbi Angell, Rogerio Lupo, Carol Woodin, Bridget Gillespie, Chris Thorogood, Simon Williams, Margaret Saylor, Wendy Hollender, Sue Wickison, Esmée Winkel, Mary Ellen Taylor, Deborah Lambkin, Sarah Gould, RHS exhibitors, visiting tutors from the Transylvania School of Botanic Art and members of the Eden Project Floriegium.


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Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

7 MARCH 2024  
7pm GMT (2pm EST, 11am PST)


Pamela Taylor

The size and complexity of trees makes them some of the most challenging subjects to illustrate. Pamela has found pen and ink an ideal medium for depicting the contrasting textures of the bark, twigs and foliage. When you start to draw an ancient tree, you are embarking on a voyage where you discover much about the botany of your subject and how it has come to be the tree that it is today.


Pamela trained as a botanist and over the years has used pen and ink sketches to illustrate natural history articles that she has written for local papers and magazines. She is a fellow of the SBA and a founder member of ABA. In 2022 she was awarded a RHS silver-gilt medal for her exhibit Trees: Structure and Form. Her work has been accepted for the 17th International Exhibition of Botanical Art at the Hunt Institute. 

£12 (£9 if booked before 7 February)                                      



Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

21 MARCH 2024  
7pm GMT (2pm EST, 11am PST)


Lucy Smith

The botanical sketchbook is a botanical artist and illustrator’s essential workbook. Lucy will take you through her new book on the topic, discussing the wide range of techniques and projects it covers and detailing some of the work that went into creating the studies featured in it. Find out how keeping Botanical Sketchbooks can enhance your own botanical art practice, inspiring both discipline and creativity.

Lucy T Smith (BVA, MCA, FLS) is an international award-winning botanical artist and illustrator. A freelance botanical artist for Kew Gardens for the past 24 years, hundreds of her illustrations have been published in scientific journals and books. Her work is held in important collections, including the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

£12 (£9 if booked before 21 February)                                             


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Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

18 APRIL 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)


Penny Brown

Penny will introduce you to her prize-winning cut paper collages, explaining how she was inspired to develop this unusual technique and apply it to botanical subjects. She will explain her influences and her process, with numerous examples of finished collages and of work in progress. She will also talk about how she chooses and researches subject matter, and about her plans for developing the work in the future.


Penny has always worked as a professional artist, initially as a theatre designer, then as an illustrator. Natural History commissions led her to botanical painting and drawing. She is a fellow of The Society of Botanical Artists and a tutor on their Distance Learning Course, where her best-selling book, ‘Botanical Drawing’ is a set text. She exhibits widely and is represented by The Gallery at Sculpture by the Lakes.

£12 (£9 if booked before18 March)                                              



Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

2 MAY 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)



Julia Patience

Julia will show how she manipulates her photographs to make a perfect composition, using Photoshop tools. She will demonstrate how to use inks to give more intensity to watercolour paintings and take you through the stages of a project, from photographs to the finished painting.


After a thirty year career in graphics and illustration, Julia's decision to paint full-time co-incided with a move to Hong Kong for six years, where she could devote all her time to painting and where her love of exotic flowers bloomed. She became a Fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in 2016 and has exhibited internationally with them. She has now spent five years as an SBA council member.

£12 (£9 if booked before 2 April)                                            


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Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

16 MAY 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)


Lara Call Gastinger

An intriguing botanical painting can include multiple plant species to give insight into an ecosystem. Lara enjoys using her background in plant ecology to express a larger story about plants and where they grow. She will talk about strategies for reference photos in the field and how she creates these layered compositions. 


Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lara was the chief illustrator of the botanical reference book 'Flora of Virginia'. As well as a degree in Biology and a master's degree in Plant Ecology she has two RHS gold medals (2007, 2018) and work in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Lara has gained international recognition for her inspiring 'perpetual journal'.

£12 (£9 if booked before 16 April)                                            



Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

30 MAY 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)


Christiane Fashek

Christiane will describe her process of capturing lichens on paper: from collection and scaling up to identification and rendering. She’ll discuss how she became captivated by these fascinating organisms and how she approaches teaching lichen basics to artists of all ages. 


Lichens are the focus of Christiane’s recent work and coloured pencil her preferred medium. She uses scale, perspective, and colour to highlight their fascinating features. Christiane is an instructor at various botanical gardens and offers workshops virtually and in-person. She was awarded ASBA’s 2022 Esther Plotnick Artist Grant to teach primary school students about lichens and botanical art and is the recipient of ASBA’s 2023 Lizzie Sanders New Artist Award

£12 (£9 if booked before 30 April)                                              


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Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

13 JUNE 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)


Mindy Lighthipe

Join Mindy Lighthipe as she demonstrates her technique to create an undertonal drawing to portray form and texture. After completing the tonal drawing she then uses granulating pigments to bring the subject to life. The subject for this talk is an Amaryllis bulb.


Mindy draws and paints the beauty of nature. She believes in protecting the earth and does so by educating people through her art. She works in a contemporary approach similar to John James Audubon, Maria Sibylla Merian, and Mark Catesby to show the natural history and interconnection of plants, insects, birds and mammals.

£12 (£9 if booked before 13 May)     



Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

11 JULY 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)


Úrsula Romero (Inky Leaves)

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose. This year Úrsula is embarking on a new project called ‘The Fragments’, where she continues to use plant matter to tell her story. For the past ten years, since her move to Andalucía, Úrsula has been collecting petrified Rose heads. In this talk Úrsula will discuss how she uses flowers and compositions to tell stories and why she has decided to focus on the Rose. This talk is a chance to see Úrsula in her new studio, learn more about her art school and to find you why she chose ‘Úrsula’.

Úrsula Romero is an internationally recognised artist. Described as a 'rebel flower painter', Úrsula is known for using flowers and leaves as her muse, augmenting their magnifications, scale and negative space. Since 2019, her work started to diversify as she explored the invisible and the hidden and oil paint. In response to this, in 2022, Úrsula decided to bury her alter ego Inky Leaves and her true identity as Jessica Shepherd so that she could continue to paint without expectation or restraint.

£12 (£9 if booked before 11 June)     


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Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

25 July 2024  
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)


Crystal Shin

Always fascinated by the array of colours in her botanical subjects, Crystal has evolved her own method of discovering the subtle shades beyond and beneath 'local colour'. She will demonstrate her coloured pencil technique for building rich and radiant coloration and you’ll learn how to develop a sensitive eye for the myriad tints found on every plant subject, helpful for any artist working in colour.


Korean-born, Crystal was the primary illustrator of the University of Washington’s 2nd edition of Flora of the Pacific Northwest. She works for the University’s Herbarium and Paleontology department, and her illustrations have appeared in scientific journals and the New York Times. She loves to capture the luminous colours and details of plants in coloured pencils. Crystal teaches online and in person for groups, gardens, art schools, and her own classes, as well as the  ASBA.

£12 (£9 if booked before 25 June)     


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Recordings become available 24 hours after the live talk and can be viewed until the following Thursday.

Botanical Art Conversations.


17 FEBRUARY 2024 12 - 6pm GMT
An interactive day with six leading botanical artists



Elaine Searle, Sarah Morrish, Ann Swan, Mary Dillon, Lucy T Smith and Laura Silburn come together online to showcase their work, lead discussion groups and give feedback and advice on paintings.

Because of the opportunity to be actively involved in the day - interacting with tutors and other attendees - places will be limited and you need to be able to attend most of the day live (only the first session will be recorded).

£75 (£65 if booked before 1 January)

THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT - EMAIL to be added to a waiting list

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• Talks are delivered via Zoom Webinars (You will not be seen or heard, but you can write comments or questions via a Q&A box.).
• Talks are recorded and a link sent to registrants 24 hours after the live session. This will then be available to view or revisit for five days, making the talks accessible, regardless of your time zone or other commitments.

• There is a 25% discount if you book more than a month in advance.
• You can cancel your registration at any time before the date of the talk.
• NEW! @botanicalarttalks is now
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peakers past and future.

More Frequently Asked Questions HERE


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