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Student Gallery

The enthusiasm and dedication of students never ceases to amaze me and have to say that I've learned an awful lot since the beginning of my online botanical art and illustration courses in 2011! I always try to encourage students to work hard, aim high but to never rush or to worry if things don't always go to plan. 
Many amazing students have undertaken courses with me and have kindly granted permission for me to showcase a small selection of their beautiful work in this gallery, which also includes some of their study page work. For me the sketches and study page is a vital stage of the preparation of a final drawing or painting - its the place to learn about the subject and to snag all the problems, often these pages are as beautiful as the final works and deserve to be seen.  
I hope you enjoy viewing the works as much as I've enjoyed being involved in the process!  Do check back as I'll be adding more student work in 2024. 

Also, check out the student stories for more.

All works are subject to copyright by the artist named for each image. Click to view full image

To read student testimonials and stories click here

Jackie Rodriguez de Guzman, leaf assignment

Jackie Rodriguez de Guzman, leaf assignment

From the new leaf assignment 2024. Part of the Botanical Illustration Course, a beautiful page of leaves from Jackie de Guzman

Barbara Buchanan

Barbara Buchanan

Barbara Buchanan, Bindweed, Calystegia sepium. For the Botanical Illustration Course 2023

Barbara Buchanan Study page

Barbara Buchanan Study page

Study Page of Calystegia by Barbara Buchanan. For the Botanical Illustration Course 2023

Susan Brunner 2023

Susan Brunner 2023

Nasturtium, Tropaeolum by Susan Brunner for the Advanced course 2023

Susan Brunner's Tropaeolum study page

Susan Brunner's Tropaeolum study page

This is just one of Susan Brunner's many study pages, which culminated in a final composition for this beautiful plant.

Niall Duncan Iris Study page

Niall Duncan Iris Study page

Niall Duncan completed his study page of this iris germanica cultivar, in advance of the final painting, A tonal painting was also completed. This was for his final submission for the Botanical Illustration Course.

Niall Duncan's Iris germanica 'Tamarau Beauty'

Niall Duncan's Iris germanica 'Tamarau Beauty'

Niall Duncan's final painting for the Botanical Illustration Course of iris germanica 'Tamarau beauty' completed in 2023. Niall is continuing as an Advanced Course student

Stephanie Schweitzer

Stephanie Schweitzer

Phalaenopsis study page by Stephanie Schweitzer. For the Botanical Illustration Course 2023

Jo Kritzinger 2023

Jo Kritzinger 2023

Jo Kritzingers Magnolia grandiflora. A final watercolour from the Botanical Illustration Course completed 2023

Jo Kritzinger Magnolia grandiflora study page

Jo Kritzinger Magnolia grandiflora study page

Preparatory studies by Jo Kritzinger. in this assignment any issues are addressed before the final painting.

Nadege Kolanek Sketchbook studies of Cobaea scandens

Nadege Kolanek Sketchbook studies of Cobaea scandens

Nadege Kolanek Cobaea

Nadege Kolanek Cobaea

Cobaea scandens f. alba by Nadege Kolanek. Final work for Botanical Illustration Course, 2022

Jane Roxburgh

Jane Roxburgh

Peony by Jane Roxburgh, Jane was one of my very dedicated advanced students, until 2023. She exhibited this work alongside my own at the Society of Botanical Artists, open exhibition at the Mall Galleries, 2023.

Jane Roxburgh preparatory work Peony 2022

Jane Roxburgh preparatory work Peony 2022

Jane Roxburgh Peony study, dealing with a complex flower

Dendrobium by Jenny Pelkonen

Dendrobium by Jenny Pelkonen

Jenni Pelkonen's Dendrobium orchid, completed for the graphite module on the Botanical Illustration Course 2022

Phalaenopsis by Bille Jo Moscheros

Phalaenopsis by Bille Jo Moscheros

Billie Jo Moscherosch's tonal work for the Botanical Illustration Course. G graphite module 2022

Pheonix dactylifera by Sandunmali Kulasekara

Pheonix dactylifera by Sandunmali Kulasekara

Pheonix dactylifera by Sandunmali Kulasekara (2022) A student on the Advanced Course who has successfully exhibited in the prestigious Margaret Flockton exhibition for two consecutive years.

Primula vulgarise by Karen West 2022

Primula vulgarise by Karen West 2022

Primula vulgaris by Karen West. Karen is currently a student on the Advanced course having previously completed the Botanical Illustration course.

Karen West's Sketchbook page of Primula leaves

Karen West's Sketchbook page of Primula leaves

Karen west sketchbook pages showing drawing in line and tone of Primula vulgars

Karen West's Primula vulgaris flower studies

Karen West's Primula vulgaris flower studies

Here you can see the time spent by Karen West in working out the best approach and colour when painting these delicate primula flowers

Ella Seresti's final watercolour for the Botanical Illustration Course. Ella graduated 2022

Ella Seresti Study of Fritillaria imperials

Ella Seresti Study of Fritillaria imperials

Ella Seresti's study of Fritillaria imperials as part of her final preparatory work for the Botanical Illustration Course

Phalaenopsis Orchid by Marie Batters

Phalaenopsis Orchid by Marie Batters

Marie Batters final graphite work on the Botanical Illustration Course 2022

Passiflora by Jane Roxburgh

Passiflora by Jane Roxburgh

Passiflora by Advanced student, Jane Roxburgh 2021. Read Jane's story in the Student Stories, for more information about her journey with botanical art.

Marina Voznyuk, Rosa canina

Marina Voznyuk, Rosa canina

Final Botanical Illustration submission by Marina Voznyuk 2017

Marina Voznyuk, Rosa canina study

Marina Voznyuk, Rosa canina study

Study page by Marina Voznyuk, Botanical Illustration student Dec 2017

Angelina Cheong Alstroemeria

Angelina Cheong Alstroemeria

One of Angelina Cheong's Alstroemeria study pages 2019

Angelina Cheong Alstroemeria

Angelina Cheong Alstroemeria

Angelina Cheong Alstroemeria, detail from painting

Angelina Choeong Alstoemeria

Angelina Choeong Alstoemeria

Angelina Cheong Alstroemeria. Final Assignment, Botanical Illustration Course 2019

Patricia Gritti's study page in advance of her final illustration for the Botanical Illustration Course 2019

Platycodon grandiflora Patricia Gritti

Platycodon grandiflora Patricia Gritti

Final watercolour submission by Patricia Gritti for the Botanical Illustration Course

Karen West

Karen West

Cobaea scandedn by Karen West, final painting for the Botanical Illustration Course

Karen West Study Page

Karen West Study Page

Cobaea scandens study page by Karen West

Karen West Study Page

Karen West Study Page

Cobaea scandens leaf detail by Karen West

Sue Balks Apple, Beginners Course

Sue Balks Apple, Beginners Course

Sue Balk's Apple exercise, Beginners Course

Sue Balk's Apple exercise, Beginners Course

Theres Gustafasson, Lemon

Theres Gustafasson, Lemon

Study Page exercise by Theres Gustafasson, Botanical Illustration

Karen West, Anthurium

Karen West, Anthurium

Graphite final submission by Karen West Botanical Illustration Student, 2019

Sabine Loos, Eranthis Study Page

Sabine Loos, Eranthis Study Page

Study Page by Sabine Loos. Botanical Illustration Student

Angela Hooton Pineapple

Angela Hooton Pineapple

Angela Hooton final Submission Botanical Illustration Student

Jacqueline Kok Curcuma alismatifolia

Jacqueline Kok Curcuma alismatifolia

Graphite study page of Siamese Tulip by Jacqueline Kok, Course: Botanical Illustration, June 2017

Tasha de Guzman Phalaenopsis studies

Tasha de Guzman Phalaenopsis studies

Study page Preparation for Phalaenopsis painting by Tasha de Guzman. Botanical Illustration Course 2017

Theres Gustafsson Phalaenopsis Study

Theres Gustafsson Phalaenopsis Study

Botanical Illustration Course study page by Theres Gustafasson, June 2018

Angela Stephens, camellia leaf

Angela Stephens, camellia leaf

Drawing and Painting Leaves Course 2017 by Angela Stephens

Angelat Stephens Hedera helix

Angelat Stephens Hedera helix

Angela Stephens Ivy in graphite from Drawing and Painting Leaves

Maple Seeds by Ikumi Kayama

Maple Seeds by Ikumi Kayama

Graphite Maple seeds Ikumi Kayama

Leaf study by Ikumi Kayama

Leaf study by Ikumi Kayama

English Ivy measured leaf study line drawing as part of the Botanical Illustration Course. Copyright Ikumi Kayama

Black Oak by Ikumi Kayama

Black Oak by Ikumi Kayama

Measured leaf study of English Oak by Ikumi Kayama. as part of the Botanical Illustration Course 2015.

Azalea study by Kathleen Gordon

Azalea study by Kathleen Gordon

Study page work from the Botanical Illustration Course, Kathleen Gordon 2015

Tone and colour, Kathleen Gordon

Tone and colour, Kathleen Gordon

Tonal and colour studies from the Botanical Illustration Course. Copyright Kathleen Gordon

Study page by Kathleen Gordon

Study page by Kathleen Gordon

Crysanthamum study completed by Kathleen Gordon as part of the Botanical Illustration Course.

Fritillaria study page by Jude Smith

Fritillaria study page by Jude Smith

Jude Smith's Fritillaria meleagris study page

Magnolia study by Yvonne Sonsino

Magnolia study by Yvonne Sonsino

Yvonne Sonsino Magnolia study 2015

Study page by Yvonne Sonsino

Study page by Yvonne Sonsino

Magnolia colour mixing and testing by Yvonne Sonsino

Bud detail Yvonne Sonsino

Bud detail Yvonne Sonsino

Magnolia studies, Yvonne Sonsino

Magnolia studies, Yvonne Sonsino

Magnolia leaf skeleton studies, Yvonne Sonsino

Detail in graphite Yvonne Sonsino

Detail in graphite Yvonne Sonsino

Detail in graphite Yvonne Sonsino

Snowdrops in graphite by Jude Smith

Snowdrops in graphite by Jude Smith

Snowdrops in graphite by Jude Smith, Botanical Illustration

Leaf studies by Jude Smith

Leaf studies by Jude Smith

Jude Smith's Leaf portrait : Graphite section of the botanical Illustration

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