About Us

Only traditional botanical art. 

This gallery differentiates itself by exhibiting only botanical art produced in the time-honoured traditional manner of working from three-dimensional natural specimens to produce two-dimensional renderings. This gallery does not recognize as traditional or legitimate 'botanical art' produced by the tracing or copying of photographs or by mechanical or digital means.  

A little history of the genre.

The earliest form of botanical art had its roots in record keeping. For centuries prior to the invention of photography, botanical artists were commissioned to create visual records of plants for various purposes including identifying them for their medicinal value, their toxicity, as a food source, or their aromatic qualities. For the botanists of the time it was also the only way to catalogue plants. Thus, the traditional scientific accuracy element of this art form.           

An elusive contemporary definition.

A generally-accepted definition of contemporary botanical art has been elusive.

Various bodies such as botanical art societies around the world have defined the genre as they see fit for their particular membership. However, we have noticed that even when they have done that, some have not upheld their own definitions thereby allowing for their exhibitions and publications to include work that clearly does not comply. In our opinion, the tradition and integrity of the genre can only be maintained if defined within a clear, generally-accepted set of guidelines.  

Our definition of botanical art.

In order to both maintain a high standard for our botanical art gallery and to clarify what collectors and artists can expect of us, we considered it important to offer our definition of contemporary botanical art and to then manage the art gallery accordingly. 

We would suggest that the broad definition of contemporary “botanical art” true to the traditions and origins of the genre, must include two primary elements, namely, ‘scientific accuracy’ and ‘artistic presentation’ produced by an artist working from a three-dimensional natural specimen.

We would then suggest that it be taken further by mentioning certain inclusions while also making mention of certain exclusions. For instance, in order to “truthfully describe a species” or to meet the requirement for scientific identification, we would suggest that various views (front, back and side) of the elements of the specimen (leaves, flowers, stems and in some cases roots) should be included, whenever possible. We specifically exclude non-botanical objects such as birds, butterflies, insects, vases or other non-botanical background objects. And with reference to the technical age in which we now live, our definition of botanical art does not include photographic or other mechanically, digitally or electronically produced original works, or works that are reproductions of photographic material.

Acquiring the work of artists exhibited in our online gallery.

Artists whose work is exhibited in our online gallery may be contacted directly. If the artists are agreeable to being contacted directly, their contact information is provided alongside their work.