For the 2012 exhibition the judge who selected works for a Certificate was Maureen Lazarus from the Department of Biodiversity and Systematic Biology at the National Museum Wales who acts as the Curator of Botanical Illustration.
The Certificates of Botanical Merit (and other awards) were presented by Elizabeth Banks DL who is the President of the Royal Horticultural Society.
|Elizabeth Banks, RHS President, presents Ann Swan with her Certificate of Botanical Illustration|
I cannot emphasise enough that photographing the work in no way does it justice and that the only way to appreciate it properly is to visit the exhibition - which is at Central Hall Westminster until Sunday 29th April. (Admission free)
- Marika Aikawa SBA CBM 11 #03 Banksia integrifolia (pencil). This work is amazingly intricate and I should imagine required much work under a magifying glass.
|Banksia integrifolia |
© Mariko Aikawa
- Gaynor Dickenson DipDBA(Dist.) SBA SFP CBM 09 for #166 A Year in the Life of a Magnolia x soulangeana Tree. Although highly realistic in its rendering, this picture is of course an impossible botanical 'reality' insofar as it represents all the stages of the life cycle in one image. This illustrates very neatly the advantages of botanical illustration over photography.
|A Year in the Life of a Magnolia x soulangeana Tree |
watercolour (£3,250 - sold)
© Gaynor Dickenson
- Margaret Jones DipSBA Assoc SBA SFP - #304 Rubus fructiosa (pencil) I appear to have missed this one so I'll take a photo on my next visit.
- Asako Kiwajima AssocSBA - Malus domestica "Alps Otome" This work was also beautifully presented with a double mat in a neutral colour and a frame in a neutral colour which complemented the colour of the bark. Such an approach allows the artwork to shine.
|Malus domestica "Alps Otome"|
© Asako Kumajima
- Janet Pope MA RCA DipAD #490 Arum maculatum. You certainly don't need to be a member of the SBA to be awarded a CBM. This is an open exhibition and anybody can submit work. See the website - or my blog post earlier this year Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2012: Call for Entries - for more details.
© Janet Pope
- Ann Sheppard #550 Ash: Autumn/Winter This work demonstrates that it's not necessary to find great flowers to create work of botanical merit.
© Ann Sheppard
- Fiona Strickland DA SBA GM CBM 09 and 11 # 596 Iris 'Action Front' This is an absolutely amazing painting of an iris. Find our more about it in my interview with Fiona Strickland next week
|Iris 'Action Front'|
transparent watercolour (£5,000 - sold)
© Fiona Strickland
- Ann Swan SBA GM CBM 11 for #607 Walnut Life Cycle. This botanical illustration demonstrates the value of mixing coloured media with pencil when telling the story of the life cycle of a plant.
|Walnut Life Cycle|
coloured pencil (£1,500 - sold)
© Ann Swan
Links: 2012 Exhibition
- Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition 2012: Call for Entries - an overview of what's required for those wanting to enter work for the Annual Exhibition
- Society of Botanical Artists Submission Day - and a botanical egg - a picture of the process on Submission Day
- 27th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists - which reviews the show
- 2012 Prizewinners at Society of Botanical Art's Annual Exhibition - highlights the main prizewinners
- A 'Making A Mark' Profile of Fiona Strickland about an interview with Fiona Strickland
- previous years - Society of Botanical Art: Exhibitions 2006-2012
Makingamark's Botanical Art Resources [August 2016 - updated]
- See my website Botanical Art and Artists - for everything from Herbals to RHS Botanical Art Shows to Botanical Latin for Artists
- Find out more about books about botanical art in
- Regular posts about botanical art now appear frequently on my new blog News about Botanical Art and for Botanical Artists
- This blog has a page with Links to all my reviews and lists of prizewinners of Society of Botanical Art exhibitions