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botanical art talks

Join me as we look over the shoulder of renowned botanical artists from the UK and beyond.

In these 50 - 60 minutes sessions, delivered via Zoom webinars, artists will talk through their favourite projects or botanical art techniques. Their presentations will be illustrated with examples of their artwork and/or technique demonstrations which will be followed by the opportunity for Q&A.

Talks will be recorded and available to registrants 24 hours after the live session. They will then be available for 48 hours, making them accessible whatever your time zone!

NEW! A 25% discount applies if you book at least a month in advance.

Please read the further notes at the bottom of this page.

Julia Trickey, Laura Silburn, Deborah Lambkin, Lizzie Harper, Lucy Smith, Martin Allen, Helen Allen, Mary Dillon, Sarah Morrish, Carrie Di Costanzo, Lara Call Gastinger, Ann Swan, Katherine Tyrrell.




The ‘BOOK HERE’ button will take you to register for the talk. Payment is then taken via Paypal. You don’t need a PayPal account, as you can pay by debit or credit card. Zoom will then send you a unique, non-transferable meeting link. (You will be sent a reminder of the meeting with the link, both 24 hours and one hour before the event.)

The talk will be recorded and the link sent to you a day after the live session. You will then have a further 48 hours to view the talk. So, no need to worry if the time doesn’t suit you or you forget to attend - you won’t miss out!


22 July 2021
7pm BST
(2pm EDT, 11am PDT)

Gillian Condy

In 2013 Gillian was invited to illustrate a book on Baobabs. She accompanied the author on her first magical expedition to Madagascar, where six of the eight species are found. The two ladies returned again in 2019 where the spectacular baobab trees were seen growing on small Tsingy coral islands and curious lemurs investigated their fieldwork. Join her as she shares some of the allure of the island and challenges of working in remote locations.

Gillian Condy has spent most of her life in Africa, settling in South Africa to work at the National Herbarium as resident botanical illustrator for 35 years. She has illustrated books and been involved in exhibitions and florilegia worldwide, included curating the South African contribution to the Botanical Art Worldwide 2018 initiative. A teacher of over 20 years experience, Gillian was a founding member of the Botanical Art Association of southern Africa.

£12 (£9 if booked before 22 June)


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

Shevaun Doherty

When we look closely at something, we begin to understand it and, when we understand it we start to appreciate it. By drawing and painting bees we can build up an appreciation for the important role that they play in pollinating our flowers. Hear how Shevaun has been putting this into practice over recent years as she has studied and painted bees for a set of postage stamps and the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan logo.

Shevaun is an Irish botanical artist whose highly detailed paintings capture the intricacies of nature in watercolour. She uses her art to raise awareness of conservation, which she is passionate about. She exhibits regularly in Ireland and internationally and has won numerous awards for her work, including five Go d medals at Bloom, the Joanna Craig McFeeley Rose Bowl and a Certificate of Botanical Merit at the SBA exhibition in 2017. Two of her paintings are now in the collection of the Natural History Museum of Ireland. She finds teaching deeply rewarding and runs classes at home, abroad, via Zoom and online.


£12 (£9 if booked before 16 August)

£12 (£9 if booked before 16 August)


21 OCTOBER 2021
7pm BST
(2pm EDT, 11am PDT)

Sarah Gould

An extraordinary brilliance, luminosity and depth of colour can be achieved on vellum which is quite different from paper. In this talk Sarah will explain the types of vellum available, suitable paints to use, paint mixing and painting techniques and will demonstrate the methods she uses for preparing and painting on calfskin vellum.

Sarah qualified first as a Landscape Architect then later studied Botanical Illustration with Anne Marie Evans. She now works almost exclusively on calfskin vellum and has taught vellum painting techniques to a growing number of botanical artists who are rediscovering this medium.

Sarah has been awarded two RHS silver-gilt medals for fruit and exotic fruit on vellum and her works on vellum are represented in the RHS Lindley Library, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Chelsea Physic Garden as well as many private collections at home and abroad.

£12 (£9 if booked before 21 September)


18 NOVEMBER 2021
7pm GMT
(2pm EST, 11am PST)

FAR FETCHED BOTANICALS - Painting plants featured in fairy tales.
Mariella Baldwin

Many tales from Midsummer Night’s Dream to Peter Pan feature key plants. Follow the journey from inception to exhibition of ten such botanical subjects. Discover how Mariella researched each specimen as they would have been at the time the stories was committed to paper, as well as the processes and issues encountered as she aimed to depict the lifecycle of each plant.

Mariella studied Botanical Illustration under the tuition of Anne-Marie Evans at the English Gardening School in Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She went on to become a tutor of the subject teaching at both the English Gardening School and West Dean College as well as running workshops at numerous venues around the UK.

She is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and has exhibited both in the USA and the UK with paintings in both private and public collections.


£12 (£9 if booked before 18 October)


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


In this end of year special, some of the popular artists from the 2021 series of talks get together to compare notes and explore tips and techniques as used for botanical art, together with insights into their own artistic journeys and projects. Don’t miss the chance to learn from these renowned practicing artists.

Laura Silburn, Martin Allen, Lucy Smith, Mary Dillon, Sarah Gould and Lizzie Harper are all experienced botanical artists and tutors, with years of experience in producing award winning or commercial botanical images.

£12 (£9 if booked before 9 November)



19 AUGUST 2021
7pm BST
(2pm EDT, 11am PDT)

Sarah Morrish

Sarah will share an exclusive preview of excerpts and images from her new book - Natural History Illustration in Pen and Ink - prior to its publication on August 23rd

  • Hear the story behind the book’s creation.
  • See how Sarah has truly combined science and experiences in nature with art.
  • Discover the wide variety of subject matter included in the book.
  • See how the book has been structured to provide a range of learning opportunities to suit all skill levels.

Sarah combines science and art in producing paintings and illustrations that immerse you in many aspects of the natural world and its processes. She is a passionate educator and teaches for botanical art and natural science organisations in the UK and internationally, as well as her own popular courses in-person and online.

For links to tuition and portfolio websites, Patreon and social media, follow this link:  https://linktr.ee/NaturesDetails


£12 (£9 if booked before 16 August)