PORTRAYING PLANTS PROFESSIONALLY
Have you ever wondered about the life of a professional botanical illustrator? Lucy takes us through the exciting and challenging times in an interesting 'year in the life of' a freelance artist. One, for Lucy, which involved drawing, inking, painting and describing plants for science and beyond.
BIO Australian-born Lucy T Smith has been working as a professional botanical artist for over twenty years. Since the year 2000 she has been based in London, established as a freelance botanical artist for Kew Gardens, producing scientific illustrations in watercolour and pen and ink for many projects, including the Palms of New Guinea and her own project, illustrating the Victoria Waterlilies. She has taught botanical illustration at Kew and other venues for many years, and has received numerous awards for her work. Lucy believes that the best botanical illustrations combine both beauty and science, and this guiding principle informs all of her work.
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