The Artists

This section gives more information on the current painting members of the Society in the form of short CVs. These are interesting in that they show a rich diversity of pathways and backgrounds leading to membership of the Florilegium and the Archive.

Past members of the Society who are featured in the Archive are simply listed at the end of this section.

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Ailsa Dooley

Ailsa was brought up in the North East of England and studied medicine becoming a…

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Beth Phillip

With a Special Honours Degree in Botany (London University) and a Diploma in Education (Bristol…

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Carol Hartley

Carol has come to painting through her love of gardening and flowers. Her first inspiration…

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Curzon Tussaud

Curzon’s interest in flowers and plants began in the schoolroom; picking, pressing and sticking flowers…

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Gay Boyle

Gay’s career has been spent in teaching, the past fifteen years of which were in…

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Acca sellowiana Helen Allen 2007

Helen Allen

Helen trained originally as a textile designer, graduating from the University of Leeds and as…

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Helen Cavalli

I completed the distance learning course with the Society of Botanical Artists and have exhibited…

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Jackie Copeman

Following a teaching career, mostly with the visually impaired, Jackie returned to painting, gaining a…

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Jenny Malcolm

Born and brought up in South Africa, surrounded by its spectacular flora and fauna, Jenny…

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Kay Bird

A keen gardener and orchid enthusiast, Kay loved painting and drawing from an early age….

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Linda Pitkin

Linda’s lifelong passion for nature has been explored through both art and science. Taking up…

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Lizabeth Leech

Liz’s life has always centred round plants.  With an Honours Degree in Botany from Exeter…

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Lydia Holden

Lydia’s interests include Evolution in all its myriad aspects as well as plants, past climates,…

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184 Citrus limon, Pearl Bostock 2015

Pearl Bostock

Pearl trained in Fine Art at the Kent Institution of Art and Design, Canterbury, Kent,…

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Penny Price

Penny originally trained as a teacher in Durham,(1969) and then retrained as a Calligrapher in…

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Sara Bedford

Sara has been engaged with art in one way or another for many years. Originally…

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Susan Conroy

Susan gained an English Gardening School Diploma in Botanical Painting at the Chelsea Physic Garden…

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Past full members included in the archive