The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London
Saturday 16th October 202- 27th March 2022The Shirley Sherwood Gallery is the world’s first purpose built botanical art gallery. In association with two other exhibitions held at the gallery, 35 selected works from the ABBA exhibition ‘ReflectionS’, which is detailed below, are also on display, digitally. I am honoured to have had my submission chosen. Living in Norway again, my favourite plant of all time is the Hepatica nobilis, or in Norwegian, Blåveis.
ABBA (British Botanical Artists) online exhibition ‘ReflectionS‘
Saturday 16th October 2021 – 27th March 2022The exhibition is on the ABBA – British botanical artists.com website and is the result of the decision to highlight the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (Scotland), November 2021. As a counter measure to the damage we humans do, plants play a crucial role in the health of our planet. We know how positive our vast rain forests are to the planet and how their destruction is effecting everything. We also know about the de-forestation of the lands bordering our huge deserts, meaning those deserts expand. What is less well known is the effect that all this is having on the plants we all know and love in our local environments. We know that as the earth warms up, the seas rise. But warmer areas of the earth expand further north, affecting the vegetation and the possibility of these plants being pollinated by the insects and birds normally found in the same habitat. Our job as botanical artists is to illustrate some of our most loved plants while we still have them and think how Climate Change can affect the biodiversity for them. The plant we choose individually will have been observed in detail and painted or drawn faithfully to represent its species. Please visit the website to view the exhibition and study these beautiful creations that live with us on this earth.
2020 exhibition news
2020 has been a strange year for all of us and the Covid 19 Pandemic isn’t over yet.For this family, it has had unexpected consequences. We have family living in Norway and we were asked if we would consider moving back there. I previously lived there for 25 years, but life led me back to the UK where I have now been for 24 years. I am writing this at the end of July and we are in the midst of packing for our big move. This means that I will not be taking part in further exhibitions in the UK this year. But watch this space! For those of you who have completed a GDPR form, you will get personal updates as our life in Norway develops. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of me and my artwork over the years.