Artwork for Lizzie Harper
Water Meadow Landscape
Being an artist means that I understand the world through seeing, and recording what’s around me through drawing.
I learn so much by drawing a plant; its form and growth pattern, the nuances of the colours in a petal or the angle of hairs on a stem of grass. I delight in fitting form to function; understanding why a seed pod is a certain shape or how iridescent feathers help a bird attract a mate.
For me, learning to draw and paint means learning to see. And every time I draw a new species, I try to look at it with fresh eyes, and to do justice to its intricate wonders by reflecting a little of that glory in my illustrations.
1991 - 1994 Zoology Degree 2:1 Bristol University
1994 - 1995 Art Foundation City & guilds College of Art, London
1995 - 1998 HND Natural History illustration Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
Favourite commissions include the illustrations to The Hedgerow Handbook and Foraging with Kids by Adele Nozedar, and several series of postage stamps for Jersey Post. I’m also very fond of the identification guides produced for the Field Studies Council (FSC), especially when they include tricky plants like mosses, grasses, and gunnera…
Clients include those in the environmental sector such as Wildlife Trusts, Natural England, the National trusts, the Zoological Society of London, Woodland Trust and RSPB.
In publishing clients include National Geographic Magazine, Penguin Books, Bloomsbury, Random House, BBC Wildlife and Countryfile magazine, and numerous identification charts for the Field Studies Council.
My work is also used on packaging and design.
My teaching workshops are now mainly held at Cambridge Botanical Gardens.
Residencies include Art in Action (Oxfordshire) and Nature in Art, Twigworth (where I’ll be again this year, July 20th – 29th)
Wildlife & Flowers Shepherds Parlour Hay on Wye May - June 2018
Drawn from Nature Booths Bookshop Hay on Wye March - April 2018
Beautiful Botanicals h.Art Hardwicke September 2017