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A Trio of Blooming Botanical Artists

11 August 2013

Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 August, 10:00 until 16:30

Saturday 31 August & Sunday 1 September at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden

  • Images showing the work of Hazel Black, Anne Girling and Jenny Brooks

    'Images by the three artists

  • Original watercolour botanical paintings by Hazel Black and coloured pencil drawings by Anne Girling that were accepted by the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) for display at their recent annual exhibitions in Westminster Central Hall, London. These are for sale.
  • Original watercolours and studies prepared over 2 years by Jenny Brooks to complete the SBA’s distance learning diploma course this spring.
  • Demonstrations by Hazel on Saturday and Jenny on Sunday.
The Garden will be open from 10 am to 4.30 pm and the normal entry charges apply (adults £3.50, children free). More about the artists and other Botanic Garden events and courses is available at

Hazel Black was honoured to be accepted as a full member of the Society of Floral Painters in March 2007, and in April 2011 completed the Distance Learning Diploma of the Society of Botanical Artists with Distinction, and became an associate member of the Society of Botanical Artists, in March 2012.

Hazel has exhibited her work with ‘The Society of Floral Painters’, at various venues since 2007, she also exhibited at the University of Bristol  Botanic Garden’s Easter exhibition since it was first started, with the North Somerset Arts week, and the North Bristol Art trail.

Hazel has had a work included as an illustration in a new book  published by Batsford Press, in association with the Society of Botanical Artists, in April 2013, called ‘A handbook of Plant Forms for Botanical Artists’, written by Margaret Stevens and Ernest E. Clarke.

Jenny Brooks studied Fine Art painting at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and gained her Art Teacher’s Certificate at Goldsmiths’ College, London. Following a varied teaching career in schools and privately, Jenny was invited to lecture in traditional botanical painting at the Botanic Garden. She has continued to teach her annual structured course covering the main elements of line, tone, form, texture, mixing colour, watercolour technique and composition, enabling students to develop their understanding of the creative skills required when drawing and painting from observation of plant form.

Jenny combines her teaching with commissioned studio painting, working as a professional freelance artist, specialising since 1989 in miniature portraiture. She holds membership with The Royal Miniature Society of Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, The Society of Women Artists and The Hilliard Society, exhibiting annually at the Mall Galleries, London and at Wells Town Hall. To further develop her style of traditional painting, she has recently completed her studies, having gained  a Distinction, with the Society of Botanical Artists’ Distant Learning Diploma Course.

Anne Girling has had work accepted and displayed in exhibitions by the South West Society of Botanical Artists, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden and North Somerset Arts Trail.

In 2009 Anne was invited to join a group of botanical artists to portray the rare and endangered plants of Avon Gorge and South West England. An exhibition of 30 of these paintings was held in 2012 at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Two further exhibitions of this body of work will be held at RHS Garden Rosemoor in North Devon in spring of 2014 and at Oxford Botanic Garden in summer of the same year.

Anne has had work accepted by the Society of Botanical Artists which was displayed at their annual London exhibition for two consecutive years. In March 2013 she was made an Associate of this Society.