Having always been an avid artist, but somewhat lacking green fingers, Rosie came to botanical art a little later on in life. Since 2019 she has focussed her drawing almost exclusively on Botanical Art in Coloured Pencils and working hard to master the craft, including diploma
study and direct tutelage with professional botanical artists. Having made the Isle of Man her home she is now combining her passion for art and the natural world by writing and illustrating a book on native Manx flora, due for release with a local publisher in c.2025 (estimated). With the Isle of Man being a UNESCO Biosphere, the project is becoming a bit of an artistic
record of plants from the common trees to the rarest wildflowers.
Botanical Art has evolved since the early days of scientific recording and now includes contemporary and even abstract works. It’s important to Rosie for the art, despite being contemporary in composition, to still retain the detail and scientific accuracy of its origins.
The Isle of Man has an active arts culture with many avid artists and many wanting to learn, hence starting drawing tutorials in Douglas. The initial sessions proved very popular and these have now become a weekly event. Rosie hopes that she can help to grow the Botanical art community on the Isle of Man, to benefit both the island natural resources and our artist ranks.