VICTORIA BRAITHWAITE is immersed in botanical art. She loves gardening, observing nature and being out in the green as much as possible but although drawing and painting for much of her life, it is relatively recently that she has focussed on botanical art.
“I was vaguely aware of botanical art – in the sense of admiring historical prints and illustrations – but never thought of it as contemporary, until I attended a local botanical art course and was introduced to the full scope of modern botanical art.
After this course, I continued sketching small subjects, taking longer over each piece, slowly refining technique and observation. It was over a year later before I found myself back in a regular class, where I started to work on larger scales (bigger than a sketchbook page, smaller than a wall!).
I … tend to pick my subjects based on what looks like a challenge, or what catches my eye at any given point in time. I love the imperfect and the fading, and am always looking for a little drama.”
Victoria has work in private collections worldwide, including the Shirley Sherwood collection.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS
2013 ‘The Language of Flowers’, SBA, London
2014 ‘Botanical Garden’, SBA, London (St. Cuthbert’s Mill Award)
2014 Heil- und Giftpflanzen, Palmengarten, Frankfurt
2015 Voimagalleria, Kouvola, Finland
2015 New Beginnings at Doors Open, SSBA, Edinburgh (People’s Choice Award)
2015 Nature’s Bounty, SSBA, Hamilton (People’s Choice Award)
2016 Shape, Pattern, Structure, SBA, London
2017‘ Mall Galleries, London (Derwent Award)
2017 Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2017 ‘British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection’, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London
2018 ‘Flora Scotia’, part of the Botanical Art Worldwide project, Edinburgh
2018 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
2019 Residency, Dumfries House
2019 Plantae, SBA, London (Excellence in Media)
2019/2020 ‘Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art’, Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London
Founding member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists Member of the American Society of Botanical Artists