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Lizzie Harper

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Botanical and Natural History Illustrator, working in watercolour

I illustrate a vast range of plants and animals for a wide range of clients.  Working mostly in watercolour, my paintings need to be scientifically accurate as well as visually pleasing.  I am passionate about the beauty of nature, so love painting everything from voles to beetles, tiny mosses to glorious roses (and everything in between!)

My work is detailed, and informed by my knowledge and love of of botany and wildlife, and my botanical sketchbooks.

As a professional illustrator, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to make my living drawing and painting the animals and plants that I love.

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Artwork for Lizzie Harper


Hereford Bull

Japanese Rose

Mallard Duck



illustrated landscape

Water Meadow Landscape

flower illustration

Hottentot Fig

cockerel ilustration



Hay on Wye
01497 821578
For you what does being an artist mean?: 

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.

CV & Education: 

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)

Practice & Activities: 
I work to commission, both for organisations and for private individuals. Luckily, there seems to be plenty of call for illustrations of grasses and birds these days! I also run workshops from time to time, and enjoy sharing some of my passion for plant

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

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