Botanical Illustration – A students story

Theresa Smith has just undertaken the Botanical Course one and is hoping now to move onto the second botanical course. Theresa has kindly written a piece for us below and its accompanied by some of her lovely work. The standard of her pieces are very high and I am really looking forward to seeing what Theresa produces on the next course.

“As is often the case, I enjoyed art as a child but didn’t continue with it seriously on leaving school.  I’ve worked as an architectural technician for twenty something years so have a great deal of technical drawing experience, but attempts to get back into artistic drawing and painting have been short lived.

Plants and wildlife were always favourite subjects in childhood drawings so a year ago I enrolled on the Botanical Illustration 1 Certificate course, hoping it would help me focus on getting going again and move forward with my artwork.

Once into the course I thoroughly enjoyed working through the exercises and easily found the motivation to work at them on regular basis. I’ve gained a great deal of satisfaction from completing the course and do feel my work has improved because of it, with many thanks going to my tutor, Lynette Conway, for her help and advice.

Lynette was tremendously encouraging throughout, so much to say that I am now making a start on Botanical Illustration 2 Certificate course.”