Sally Strawson is a Botanical Watercolour Artist living in North Lincolnshire. After studying at Doncaster College of Art and Kingston Polytechnic, London and gaining a BA (Hons) degree in 3D Interior Design she worked as a commercial and domestic interior designer in London and Yorkshire.
It was after moving to the Lincolnshire countryside and developing a passion for plants and the garden that Sally was inspired to combine these with her skills of observational drawing and love of colour, textures, detail and design. She has studied botanical art courses with Anne Marie Evans and Valerie Oxley and is a member of The Florilegium Society at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. In 2013 Sally was invited to become an artist member of The Florilegium Society at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia.
Sally's work has been exhibited in galleries in the UK and Internationally, including The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA, The Ursus Gallery, New York, The Garden Museum, London and Lincoln Cathedral.
Two of her paintings were selected for inclusion in The Prince of Wales Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of paintings by international artists, which portrays the plants in the garden of His Royal Highness at Highgrove House. For more information click here.
Recently her work has been selected for inclusion in The Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella/aegis of The Princes School of Traditional Arts to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.
Her work is held in the permanent collection at The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA and The Florilegium Archive at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Sally exhibited eight paintings of Fritillaria at the RHS Shades of Autumn Show in October 2014 and was awarded Silver-Gilt Medal.
2014 RHS London Show "Shades of Autumn" Exhibition
The Highgrove Florilegium, at Jardin Botanique National, Meise, Belgium
2011 Ursus Gallery "Garden to Field" Exhibition, South Hampton Cultural Centre New York, USA
13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration
The Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
The Highgrove Florilegium at The Marcube Gallery, Tokyo
and The Tylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
The Highgrove Florilegium at The Garden Museum, London
The Huntington,Los Angeles, USA
Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto, Japan (prints)
The AM Painting Group "Paintings of Plants as Symbols in Religious Art" Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, UK
13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration, Catalogue
The Highgrove Florilegium
The Lincolnshire Journal
The Yorkshire Post Magazine
The Florilegium Society Archive, The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Australia
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
The Highgrove Florilegium
The Transylvania Florilegium
The Florilegium Society Archive, Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Private commissions UK