All of us share a passion for painting plants and have come to the Society because we enjoy painting together, sharing ideas with each other, and developing skills. This is the ‘common bond’ which holds us all together.
We are a small membership organisation with the opportunity for members, who come from a wide area, to meet and paint weekly in Winsley, a small village near Bath. We are extremely proud of our achievements and those of individual members. Many started with very little experience of botanical painting – some with none at all, apart from a desire to learn.
Some have gained the confidence to study for a qualification in Botanical Art; some have developed the skills, experience and techniques to become members of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA); a growing number have been accepted by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to exhibit at their prestigious Botanical Art Shows on an international platform and been awarded Silver, Silver Gilt or Gold Medals.
For many of us though, we just want to enjoy the ‘being’ of painting together and learn from each other how we might ‘do it better’. Whatever medium a member is interested in for creative botanical expression we support each other: most of us use watercolour, but a growing number use graphite, coloured pencil, pen and ink or mixed media.