Mixed media

Mixed media

In March 2016, I wrote an article about Auriol Batten for the ASBA publication, The Botanical Artist. If you are unfamiliar with her name or work, Auriol was one of the most renowned South Africa botanical artists of her time. Her influence is still apparent today. My...
It’s the process that leads to success

It’s the process that leads to success

Sengmany (Seng) Phommachakr of Ottawa has just been announced as the first recipient of the ASBA’s Lizzie Sanders Memorial Award, created in memory of Lizzie Sanders, a widely-admired botanical artist who passed away in 2020. Seng’s work is outstanding and it’s not...
Colour value — a key to realism.

Colour value — a key to realism.

Realism is at the very foundation of botanical art. Ours is an informative genre committed to scientific accuracy with a high degree of detail. Anything less and it’s not botanical art. It’s inescapable. And the fact that it has to be achieved working with the...
Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky – “The Mushroom Man”

Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky – “The Mushroom Man”

It was at an exhibition in 1998 at London’s Tryon Gallery that I first saw Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky’s mushroom paintings. Aside from the overall quality of the renderings, two things struck me—the less-than-perfect specimens and the seemingly random placement of...
Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

It’s a question that could be mistaken for the beginning of a bad joke . . .  What do an Australian botanical artist, a Welsh botanical artist, a Russian botanical artist, an American botanical artist, and a Canadian botanical artist have in common? The answer is,...
Descriptive geometry in botanical art

Descriptive geometry in botanical art

Giovanni Cera’s geometric drawing of a quince bud. Giovanni Cera of Florence is a retired architect and botanical artist who sometimes goes by the English moniker he has adopted, Johnny Wax—a direct translation of his Italian name. I first made contact with...