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Plant exhibition held at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town was an exhibition of fine contemporary botanical artwork depicting the rich diversity of Southern African flora.  Also featured was The Bug Room, a space dedicated to illustrations of local insects to celebrate biodiversity.  This is a chance to view and collect works from established and talented young artists.
“Born out of a sense of wonder at the beauty of nature, each artwork here represents a great many hours of close observation of line, form, tone and colour.
But more than that there is scientific detail and artistic and technical skill and a visibly strong emotional response by the artist to the subject.
These artworks are a joyous celebration of the diversity found in our wonderful country.”
Vicki Thomas
Curator of Plant Exhibition 2016

Scroll down to view the works of all 58 Artists exhibiting at Plant

For information on each artwork see inscription below the artwork when viewed in the gallery,

Artworks are also available for sale online in the Plant Exhibition Category

Susan Abraham

I illustrate all sorts of things, but plants are undoubtedly my favourite subject and have been since I was a schoolgirl. For me, there is nothing more gratifying than growing and painting plants, be they well-known, quirky, or newly described species.

A week-long workshop with Vicki Thomas in 2012 gave me the confidence to exhibit some of my work and a fine excuse to keep painting, which is an unending pleasure, and an opportunity for perpetual learning.


Sally Arnold

I began my art career with a diploma in Fine Art (Sculpture), and in 1994 began experimenting with paint and started painting flowers; this lead to an art residency in Switzerland in 2012, researching the region’s wild Alpine flowers. I participated in the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennale exhibition in Cape Town and am participating in the Flora Old & New exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town.

I am currently based in Prince Albert in the Great Karoo.


Eileen Bass

I was born and educated in Johannesburg.  I started botanical painting in 2003 under the guidance of Diana Carmichael and also attended the Orient Express masterclasses with Katie Lee and Jenny Phillips.  More recently I have attended Gillian Condy’s Botanical Art Course held in Pretoria.

I exhibit regularly with the Johannesburg branch of BAASA and have taken part in five Kirstenbosch Biennales.  My work is in collections both in South Africa and abroad.


Jessica Bosworth Smith

I graduated from Rhodes University in 2011 with a degree in Fine Arts and am currently studying Honours in Illustration at Stellenbosch University.  I have only recently begun working within the field of botanical illustration.


Wendy Burchell

I paint plants and insects because I want to study God’s creations in glorious detail.  It gives me greater understanding of His work.

I obtained a diploma in graphic design in Natal and began my own needlepoint business, which includes hand painted flora and fauna designs.  Seeing Suzannah Blaxill’s painting of a Beetroot hooked me on botanicals and I attended a UCT Summer School botanical watercolour course by Vicki Thomas.  I found my passion.  Subsequently I have attended courses with Gillian Condy, Elsa Pooley, Sarah Simblet, Margaret Best, Ann Swann and have exhibited at the Kirstenbosch Biennale.  I am currently the Chairperson of BAASA and exhibiting at the Irma Stern Museum’s exhibition, “Flora Old & New”.


Gwenda Caplan

I am a relative newcomer to botanical art, having become enthused after seeing the 2012 JBA exhibition.  I started lessons with Ann Harris at the beginning of 2013 and since then have also received much encouragement from Gill Condy, having attended her workshops, as well as those of Vicki Thomas, Angela Beaumont and Margaret Best.

I studied art for matric and completed a 3 year diploma at the Johannesburg Art School, however subsequent education (BA Unisa) and career path were in magazine publishing and editing with only a short initial spell in an advertising studio.


Sibonelo Chileza

I was born in 1979 in Mthwalume (near Port Shepstone) and after matric, enrolled at the Durban University of Technology to study Textile Design and Technology and got a national diploma in 2002.  It was here that my potential for botanical art was first recognized.  In 2004 I spent a three-month internship at the Durban Botanical Gardens followed by many more years at SANBI.  I have drawn images for books, taken part in several group exhibitions and won awards in the three Kirstenbosch Biennales that I participated in.  In 2010 I spent a residency at the Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve and have produced lithographs at the Artist’s Press in White River.


Karen Comins

Armed with a small tin of conte crayons, in hues of browns, sepias and siennas, I moved to live in Tanzania, to be with my husband, in the late 90s. I started to draw pods from trees and plants, in every shape and size that I could find. Thus began my love for botanical art and my fascination of the plant world grew. Teaching myself to observe botanicals closely, I try to capture the essence of each subject in all of its glory, onto paper. My admiration and excitement of the wonders of a tiny, shy flower or seed, to the boldness of a spectacular tree, never tires.


Gillian Condy

I have worked at the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) National Herbarium in Pretoria as the resident botanical artist for over 30 years, and yet I am more passionate about botanical art than ever before. I believe I am still learning and looking for new challenges. As one of the founding members of the Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA), I remain very involved with the organisation’s activities.

My artwork has been accepted in a number of international collections including Kew Gardens, the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Hunt Institute for Documentation in Pittsburgh, Brenthurst Library, and included in a number of Florilegia, namely Highgrove, Chelsea Physic Gardens and the Sydney Botanic Gardens.


Monica K Cserei

My love of nature dates back to my very early childhood. It began with an interest in flowers, plants and animals that my Mom and I would find in our garden and during outings. As I have matured, my passion for every aspect of nature has become an unquenchable thirst. God, Jesus and the nature They bless us with, are my pivotal inspiration.

I am proudly South African (and Hungarian) and am constantly in awe when I think about how blessed we are with the beauty that surrounds us. I love exploring the intricacies of the magnificent South African bushveld in my work, using pencil, charcoal and watercolours as my media of choice.


Margaret de Villiers

World-wide there are 860 Erica species, of which 670 grow in the Cape. I live in Hermanus, the heart of the Cape Fynbos, where a large variety of Ericas grow, from high in the mountains to the coastal plains. Painting Ericas is my passion. Since the flowers are small and their tiny leaves grow in intricate patterns , Ericas are extremely difficult to paint, and it requires many, many hours of concentration to complete one painting.  For the dissection of the flowers, which reveals all their sexual secrets, I am indebted to Dr Pat Miller.

My ambition is to paint as many Ericas as possible, but after 7 years I have managed only 42!

My Erica paintings have been acquired by both local and international collectors.


Lynda de Wet

Living close to the Kogelberg biosphere surrounded by the amazing variety of Fynbos is inspiring and I am never short of subjects.  I have a passion for painting and I was extremely excited about the woody Iridaceae and set about locating and painting the Klattias and Witsenia which are endemic to the area.

I have a collection of over 960 life-size paintings used for identification, housed at Rondeberg Private Nature Reserve.
I exhibited at Kirstenbosch Biennale 2004, 2006 (bronze), 2008(bronze), 2010(gold), 2013(gold) and in 2014 exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Spring Show [Gold Medal]

My paintings are in various private collections in South Africa, America and UK, this includes the Brenthurst Library in Pretoria, SANBI and the Shirley Sherwood Collection in London.


Annali Delsink

I have no formal botanical art training but studied other art forms at UNISA which developed my drawing skills.  It was during my studies that I saw the potential of using scraperboard as a medium for botanical artworks.  Botanical exhibitions I have taken part in include Kirstenbosch Biennale, Cape Town; Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; Herbarium, Pretoria; Bartholomeus Klip Gallery, Riebeek West and the International Botanical Art show in Lucca, Italy.


Victoria du Toit (Gain)

I graduated with a BA Fine Arts (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria in 1996, and completed a Masters in Philosophy (Illustration) at the University of Stellenbosch in 2009, where I majored in Botanical Illustration.  I have since taken part in various exhibitions and contributed ten fish illustrations for the cookbook “Starfish”, published by Quivertree in 2015.


Bridget Dunseith

With no previous drawing or art experience Bridget Dunseith joined the Ann Harris-Deppe Botanical and Porcelain Art School in 2004 and started painting various subjects on glazed porcelain. In 2008 Bridget completed an introductory Botanical Art course. Having always been a keen gardener Bridget found painting Botanical art subjects in water-colour a fulfilling passion that ‘greatly enhanced my observation and love of plants’. She has attended courses with Jenny Phillips both in Australia and South Africa and with Billy Showell in Sri Lanka. Her chief influence is Sally Townshend, a well-known Botanical Artist and Miniature painter.


Wilna Eloff

My interest in botany is due to my youthful background as a farmer’s daughter in the Transvaal bushveld, west of Mokopane. I am a self-taught artist. My work has been acknowledged at numerous Kirstenbosch Biennale events with Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.

I have been involved in book illustrations and have exhibited in galleries throughout South Africa and internationally, and a number of my artworks are in corporate collections.

My focus is to unfold the complexity and unique beauty hidden in plants in precise art creations.


Margie Firer

I was born in Johannesburg. After schooling in Vereeniging I graduated and worked as a nursing sister.   I have been the practice manager for my Orthopaedic Surgeon husband, Ponky, for 33 years.
I have always had a love for nature and spend as much time as possible in the bush. I am a self-taught artist who started with pastels and then painted wild life in oils. Because of my love for flora and especially the captivating shapes and beauty of trees I started painting botanical art. I am now working mainly in watercolours and pencil colours.


Olwen Gibson

I taught geography and biology at a number of Cape Town schools and after retiring taught as a volunteer at the Goldfields Environmental Education Centre at Kirstenbosch.  I got to know the flowers in this garden, on the Peninsula, the Western Cape Mountains and as a member of the original A-Team  trained by Prof WPU Jackson to assist in leading Botanical Society walks.

I now have found the time to try to paint these flower.  Although I am largely self-taught I have learned much from courses run by artists such as Vicki Thomas, Gillian Condy and also from Jeanette Loedoff and her Tuesday group of artists.


June Good

I started studying botanical art with Vicki Thomas in 2004.  Since then I have attended various courses given by Vicki and visiting botanical artists as well as courses led by botanists.  My work has been included in various exhibitions and sold to private collectors.  I exhibited at the Kirstenbosch Biennales in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013.  I served on the committee of BAASA (Western Cape branch) for several years and was Chairperson of the committee in 2011 and 2012.


Annalie Greyling

I started botanical painting in 2009 as a hobby.  I attended classes and courses and thoroughly enjoy the challenges and thrill of painting plants and flowers.  I did some illustrations for the book “Wild Flowers of the Limpopo Valley”, and have participated in the Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2010 and 2013.


Kate Grieve

My love of flowers and interest in botanical art stems from childhood but only gained expression many years later when I attended a workshop presented by Gill Condy at SANBI Pretoria in 2003, as a welcome break from a busy professional life. I have no formal training but I have continued to attend workshops and persevered with painting whenever time has allowed.  In 2009 I retired to the lower south coast of Kwa Zulu Natal and acquired special knowledge of the plants of the Pondoland Centre of Endemism, the subject matter of my current paintings.

My work has been selected for exhibitions and sold to private collectors.


Jean Grose

Jean passed away just before the exhibition, these were her last works.

The artist had a degree from the Royal College of Art, London and was an Associate of the College (ARCA).  She had exhibited extensively and her work is held in collections both in South Africa and internationally.

Jean worked mainly in charcoal pencil and watercolour adding layers of colour to increase the depth and tone of her paintings; sometimes pen and ink were used to highlight specific parts of the plant.  There is a slightly decorative approach to the use of the various mediums and this emphasizes the shapes and forms of the plants represented.  The organic form of the plant was important and provided inspiration in terms of the structural growth and natural design inherent in every plant.


Janet Hallett

After studying Botany in my early years, my first introduction to botanical art was at a course given by Vicki Thomas at the UCT Summer School in 2003.  I have subsequently attended more courses by Vicki, Gillian Condy and Sarah Simblet.   I enjoy capturing some of the rich diversity of South African flora through the medium of watercolour.  I have exhibited at the 2008 and 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennales and have had paintings accepted for the “Flora Old and New” exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum in September 2016.


Ann J. Harris-Deppe

I started my career as a porcelain painter and teacher in 1980. Finding that I preferred working from life, I joined a Botanical Master class given by Jenny Phillips in 1999, which launched me into watercolours.

I was so thoroughly satisfied with the medium and subject that I has decided to indulge in dedicating the rest of my life to recording the splendors of nature and to bring them to the notice of others.

My subjects range from plants, pollinators, insects, birds to small mammals. I find that nature is so extraordinarily complex, intricate and self sufficient that my path of discovery gives me unending pleasure. Any supposed dislike that I may have for any subject, is dissipated in the painting of it and replaced by admiration.

I have participated in many group exhibitions including Kirstenbosch since its inauguration where I am a multi medal winner. My work has been selected for publication in the Highgrove Florilegium, and has been purchased by collectors in England, Sweden, Estonia, Germany and USA.

I teach Botanical Watercolours at my studio in Craighall, Johannesburg


Bridget Heneck

I studied at the University of Stellenbosch gaining a BA Fine Art majoring in jewellery design.  In 1985 I moved with my family to Ewstfield, New Jersey, USA where I continued to create, exhibit and sell art and jewellery for 20 years.

On my return to South Africa in 2006 I discovered the incredible diversity of plants in Cape Town and was inspired to examine and depict them accurately.

In 2012 I connected with my love for working on the pottery wheel and now exhibit my pottery at Art in the Forest, Cape Town.  I love to combine form and function and include plant details as decoration.

My core motivation stems from the symbiosis of oil painting, botanical drawing, pottery and metal work.


Basia Hitchcock

The more I stare at my flowers, the more I fall in love with them.  I love big and bold subjects and love using coloured pencils as my medium.


Danelia Hugo

I grew up and matriculated in Matatiele which lies in a beautiful flower-rich area at the foot of the Drakensberg.  I completed a B.Sc degree at the University of Natal (Petermarizberg) and taught biology in Dundee, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.

On retiring, I started art classes with Ann Harris-Deppe who, since then, has been my inspiration.  Plants have always been an interest but I have found that painting them leads to a greater appreciation as one becomes more aware of the detail.


Jenny Hyde-Johnson

My home is in a beautiful World Heritage Site which inspires many subjects for my work. My bird paintings have exhibited and toured yearly in the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, USA, since 2008. And my animal paintings have hung in London with the David Shepherd Foundation’s ‘Wild Life Artist Exhibitions’ 2009-2012 and 2014 where I receiving a highly commended in 2010. My botanical work is represented in the “Flowering Plants of Africa” and “Brenthurst Gardens”. I gratefully received Gold Medals in 2006, 2008 and the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennales as well as the 21st International Orchid Congress. My work is in the collections of SANBI, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and the Hunt Institute.


Farhat Iqbal

I am a botanical artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.  I have explored working in many mediums like oils, watercolour, colour pencil, pastels, porcelain painting, stained glass and currently I am attending calligraphy lessons.  But my passion lies in botanical painting.

I completed my Fundamentals of Fine Arts course in 1998 through North Light School, Ohio, USA.

I have ben studying and painting botanical art since 2006 and have attended many workshops.  I have exhibited across South Africa including the Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2010 in which I was awarded a bronze medal.  In one of the exhibitions held in Johannesburg my artwork was bought by the Oppenheimer Art Gallery.  In 2013 I signed up for the distance learning diploma course from the Society of Botanical Art (SBA) in London and completed the course with distinction.


Elbe Joubert Domrose

I was born in Standerton, studied at Pretoria Art Centre and taught art at the Rustenburg High School and fine arts and pottery at the Technical College.  Later I established and am currently running an art school at home teaching fine arts, sculpting and botanical art.

Since 1990 I have made botanical illustration my specialization, working mainly from live specimens in order to capture the sparkling essence of our diverse plant kingdom, adding the fauna from the area the species come from.

I have works widely represented in South African and overseas collections, have exhibited at Everard Read Galleries, and in Kirstenbosch and London.

At present I am working on illustrations for two books: the Agapanthus and Nerine species, and have had numerous illustrations published for Stellenbosch University, Kew Gardens, London and the University of the Western Cape.


Eric Judd

Eric Judd has painted professionally for 43 years with an emphasis on Aloes but including trees, other plants and reflective water.  Besides his “What Aloe is that” book published by Purnell in 1967 and articles in local and overseas botanical journals, his greatest personal joy has been the recent publication of “Tree Aloes of Africa” featuring his seven paintings.  The text is by Dr Ernst van Jaarsveld, coordinated by Wynand van Heerden and sponsored by Babylonstoren.  Eric’s Kirstenbosch Biennale awards have included silver and gold medals.

This painting is of his favourite tree Brachistegia spiciformis Masasa.


Liza Kerrod

I grew up in Johannesburg where I studied Natural Sciences at RAU and obtained an Honours degree in Botany, so plants have always played an important role in my life.  I started botanical art in 2008 with Ann Harris-Deppe and I enjoyed it immensely.  I have since moved to the Cape winelands and continue to paint in both oils and watercolours.  This is my first exhibition as a member of BAASA.


Mary Lynn Kydd

I have attended the Ann Harris Botanical Art School for six years and attended courses with Gillian Condy, Margaret Best, Vick Thomas and Willie Schlecter.


Christiaan Lochner

My fascination with the natural world led me to study science.  Shortly after completing my degree, my love for art began to exert an increasingly strong pull and I became drawn to the field of scientific illustration.  In 2014 an opportunity to be introduced to this field came with Vicki Thomas’ botanical art workshop at the Stellenbosch University Spring School.  I found it immensely rewarding and immediately felt like I had found a way to integrate what, for long, had felt like contradictory passions.  I was hooked and have continued painting since then.

The incredible diversity of plant life in the Cape Floristic Region remains a great source of inspiration.


Jenny Malcolm

I am an artist living in the UK but born and brought up in Cape Town. I studied Botanical painting with the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. For many years I have been involved in the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society where I served as Chairman for a number of years. I have exhibited at the Palace, at the RHS and at Sunbury Gardens in London. I have also exhibited at the Kirstenbosch Biennale and other botanical exhibitions in Cape Town Although I have lived in the Uk for many years I am passionate about South Africa and its astounding indigenous Floral Kingdom.


Helen Meyer

I was born and grew up in Malawi and worked in the northern part of Mozambique as a community health nurse.  From early childhood I loved and was fascinated by the wild flowers of the area.

After retiring, I came to Cape Town and was fortunate enough to attend botanical art courses with many teachers, both local and overseas and have learnt so much from each of them.

Vicki Thomas and Jeanette Loedolff and the Kirstenbosch Tuesday morning group were the real inspiration and the ones that encouraged me all along.

Drawing flowers, trees and plants taught me to appreciate the detail and wonder of God’s creations.


Penny Mustart

As a botanist I am intrigued by the ecology of plants and how they perpetuate in their respective environments, usually by the production of seeds.  In my art I strive to show some aspects of these strategies.  I have had wonderful instruction in watercolour workshops led by Vicki Thomas and Gillian Condy.  My current medium of choice is coloured pencil, and I have benefitted by participating in workshops tutored by Linda Hampson, Margaret Best and in particular two led by Ann Swan (one of which was held in Italy) who has inspired me enormously.  I am indebted to Jeanette Loedolff for her ongoing generosity of spirit and support in her weekly art sessions.  I exhibited in the Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2013.


Penny Nicholson James

I spent my early years at Esperanza on the South Coast and as a small child was interested in the wild flowers of the Coastal Region, Snake Lilies, Christmas Bells and Monkey Apple trees especially. At the age of ten years my family and I moved to Pongola and the Aloes and flowering thorn trees, Marula and Sausage trees growing there provided a very different floral experience.  My next home was in the Southern Drakensberg and my aunt Irene Nicholson had a great knowledge of wild flowers and encouraged me in her painting.   I now live in Pietermaritzburg and have a cottage in East Griqualand on my daughter and son-in-law’s farm so I still enjoy the wonderful plants growing there.

I studied Textile Design In Durban. In later years I have exhibited several times at Kirstenbosch and twice been awarded a bronze medal.


Ann Norris

I began making botanical art about five years ago, after long appreciating the discipline as a viewer, especially its fusion of science and art.  It has enriched my daily experience of plants and, indeed, of all the natural world.  I have found that botanical artists are generous with their knowledge and have been fortunate to attend courses by a number of noted teachers, building on my Fine Arts training, and my love of nature.


Suellen Perold

Art and education have always provided a magic connection to the world.  It is why I had my long career as an art teacher, first with pre-school through adult education and then as a childbirth photographer for books on birthing, then to having gallery shows of my work in child and landscape photography.

I have particularly had a long fascination with nature and dedicated myself to horticulture.  I discovered Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture and its newly developing botanical art program, and a few years later graduated with a CBA in botanical art.

Currently, I am interested in botanical forms that are architectural and show movement.


Jenny Pharaoh

I studied art through UNISA and became interested in botanical art after seeing the Shirley Sherwood exhibition at Kirstenbosch.  This, combined my love of art with my particular interest in the indigenous plants of South Africa.  I have done courses with Vicki Thomas, Gillian Condy, Willie Schlechter, Ann Swan and Margaret Best and attend Jeanette Loedolff’s weekly groups.  I exhibited in the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennale.


Cecilia Pienaar

I spent most of my youth in Durban, moved to Cape Town and now live in Robertson.  I hold a Fine Arts Diploma from the Natal Technicon.  I was a scenic artist for CAPAB, studied oil painting with Michael Petit and attended botanical art workshops presented by John Manning, Gillian Condy, Vicki Thomas and Sarah Simblet.

I have participated in the Kirstenbosch Biennale since 2002, and in 2006 was awarded a bronze medal.  In 2012 I was commissioned to paint a new species, Herperantha kiaratayloriae, discovered by Dr Odette Curtis of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust.


Barbara Pike

I studied botany and zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand where I later worked as a botanical artist.  I have contributed to numerous scientific papers and my works appear in Dr Shirley Sherwood’s A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks, and in South African Botanical Art: Peeling back the Petals by Marion Arnold, and in Kirstenbosch: the most beautiful garden in Africa by Prof. Brian Huntly.  My work has been shown at the Smithsonian institution, the Royal Albert Museum and Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Museum of Art in Japan and is represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.  Two of my works hang on the Blue Train.  I have exhibited and been awarded two gold, two silver and a bronze medal at Kirstenbosch Biennale exhibitions.


Emma Prinsloo

I am currently studying Illustration Honors at Stellenbosch University.  During my course we did a botanical illustration project which I enjoyed immensely.  I also have an Honors degree in Fine Art, and have done various freelance illustration projects commissioned by individuals.


Carol Reddick

I hold a degree in Fashion and Textile Design from Portsmouth College of Art, England, but I began botanical painting as a student of Vicki Thomas in 2001 and since then have exhibited in all the Kirstenbosch Biennale Exhibitions, winning 3 silver medals over the years.  I have also exhibited in Lucca, Italy, and had works published in various books, as well as in the Botanical Society of South Africa’s calendars.


Rentia Retief

 I trained in visual arts, specializing in drawing, graduating with a BA in Fine Arts in 2014 and an Honours in Illustration in 2015, both at the University of Stellenbosch.
I am currently working as a fine art professional and illustrator and part-time as a gallery assistant at Imibala Gallery in Somerset West.


Kim Rose

I was born in 1982 in Belgium and spent my childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa and now live in Cape Town.  With no formal art training, drawing is something I have always loved doing.  I started working full-time as an illustrator and artist two years ago.  Plants are my favourite subject to observe and draw and occasionally paint.


Willie Schlechter

I received a BA FA (fine art) degree in 2004, and an MPhil VA (illustration) degree in 2008 from the University of Stellenbosch. During my Masters studies I was introduced to botanical art by Vicki Thomas, and have since been working mainly within this genre. I have exhibited my botanical work at various venues in South Africa since 2008, including the Kirstenbosch Biennale (2 x bronze medalist), Botalia, Painted Flora (silver medalist) in Lucca, Italy and the 21st World Orchid Conference (merit award).

I have been teaching Art and Design at Stellenberg High School since 2008 and occasionally present botanical workshops and art classes.


Lisa Strachan

Although I qualified as a Textile Designer, I now concentrate on botanical illustration.  I enjoy the detail found in anything organic.  I currently live in Kwazulu Natal where I have diversified into painting mammals and birds as well as enjoying the surrounding indigenous coastal forest plants.


Vicki Thomas

Curating the Plant Exhibition at Kirstenbosch is the latest of many things I have done in my long career in botanical art.  I began with painting Plectranthus for Ernst van Jaarsveld in 1982 and have had illustrations published in many scientific journals, papers and books on plants and art.  My love of natural science and art come together in this lifelong passion and I get great pleasure from passing on what I have learned, particularly the classes I teach at Stellenbosch University.  Botanical art has taken me to many places, my artwork has travelled even further to exhibitions in the UK, USA, Japan, Australia, Italy and South Africa and I am most fortunate to have works in several prestigious Florilegia, in Dr Shirley Sherwood’s collection in the UK and in the Hunt Institute in the USA.  I feel a great fellowship with my artist friends in BAASA and others involved in the same discipline around the world.


Sally Townshend

On leaving school i studied music at the University of Cape Town and after teaching for a few years returned to University and graduated as a medical doctor in 1972.

i was a founder member of the Miniature Art Society of S.A. and have exhibited in England, USA and Australia.  The detailed nature of miniature painting and my love of flowers brought me later to botanical painting.  I have exhibited at all the Kirstenbosch Biennale Exhibitions and had a work selected for inclusion in the Highgrove Florilegium.


Dorothea Tweedie

I was born in the Natal Midlands, my parents were farmers and that is where I discovered my love of wildflowers.  I now live in the fairest Cape where one is spoilt with the abundance of flora.

I have tried a number of different styles of artworks both in oils and pastels but am now using polychromos pencils for my botanical art.  I am a member of BAASA and my artwork was accepted in the Kirstenbosch Biennale in 2014 where I sold work.  Recently I did a botanical art course using polychromos pencils with Ann Swan, a renowned botanical artist and teacher from the UK.


Louise van Aswegen

My interest in art started at a young age.  It is only at the end of 2014 that I decided to join Ann Harris’s School of Botanical Art to develop skills in this direction.

I completed the Grounding Course and because I did not want to paint aimlessly, decided to start with a range of indigenous succulents and Aloes.  Doing so, my interest in these amazing plants grew with leaps and bounds.

It is an honour to submit my paintings and I hope they will be of interest to others who love and respect our plants and botanical art.


Gwendolene van der Merwe

I am currently doing my BA (hons) in Illustration at the University of Stellenbosch and was introduced to botanical and insect illustration during this course.


Patricia M Wade

I am a member of the Botanical Artists’ Association of Southern Africa (BAASA) and have illustrated my own book on Lavender and have been painting commercially for several years. I have exhibited annually at the Johannesburg Botanical Art Exhibition held every October and was commissioned to paint beautiful roses for the 16th World Rose Convention held in South Africa – Rosafrica 2012.  My recent focus is on South African indigenous plants and I have attempted to bring them to life by capturing them in fine detail and with vibrant colours.


Ann Wanless

I have studied and painted with Ann Harris in Johannesburg for almost ten years.  I have a special interest in cultivated indigenous plants.


Julianne Wilson

I have no formal art training but have benefited from instruction by Vicki Thomas (S.Africa), Rosie Martin (UK) and Margaret Best (Canada).  I have exhibited at Kirstenbosch since 2002 and during a nine-year sojourn in Canada, exhibited in Tornonto, Halifax and St Johns.  In 2007 I was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint for a coin design of the provincial flower of Newfoundland, the pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea).  In 2014 I was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for my submission of old roses.  Ten of my paintings are included in the last of a series of instruction books by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurston of the Eden Project in Cornwall, England.  I live in Stilbaai where I paint and offer instruction.


This exhibition is a BAASA initiative, hosted and assisted by SANBI Kirstenbosch

Curator: Vicki Thomas

Coordinator: Carin Malan

Webmistress: Tersia Starke

The exhibition would not have been possible without:

The 58 Artists whose work hangs here and Nic Bladen for lending his beautiful sculpture.

BAASA Western Cape: Wendy Burchell, Basia Hitchcock, Chris Lochner and Riva Katz

BAASA Gauteng: Gill Condy, Bridget Dunseith, Jenny Hyde-Johnson, Ann Harris Deppe and Helene Joubert

Kirstenbosch Personnel: Phillip le Roux, Sarah Struys, Ostin Gura

Julie Kilpin, designer of the logo and poster

The Selection Panel: Marilyn Noakes, Nicki Westcott, John Manning, Wendy Burchell and Basia Hitchcock

Dr. John Rourke for the thoughtfully crafted opening address

Dr. John Manning for checking Latin spelling

Denzil Deacon of HangArt who hung the works

Maresa Volsteedt who helped create the ambiance

Stephen Gibson of Art Assist who patiently scanned artworks

Andrea Leeson of the Red Kitchen and Basia Hitchcock for the catering

And the kindness and enthusiasm of everyone else who helped

Thank you!!!