Drawing and Painting

Principal: Helen Allen BA (Hons), PGCert Ed, Dip EGS, FLS

Helen Allen trained originally as a textile designer and teacher, before studying at the English Gardening School in the Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She received the prestigious Diploma in Botanical Illustration and was a course tutor for a number of years before becoming the Diploma Course Director.

Helen Allen, botanical artist and Principal of CSBA

In January 2014 she founded a new school, the Chelsea School of Botanical Art at the Chelsea Physic Garden.  Helen also paints and teaches at her studio in Ham.

With an eye for detail, fascination for pattern and a great love of plants, she delights in sharing her experience through painting and teaching.

Helen has exhibited at galleries in the UK and overseas including Ebury Galleries, the Garden Museum, the Chelsea Physic Garden and Hortus in London, Ursus Gallery, New York and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburg, USA, the National Botanic Garden for Wales, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Hampton Court Palace. 

Helen’s work has been selected for inclusion in the Highgrove Florilegium and the Transylvanian Florilegium, a project she ran for five years for HRH The Prince of Wales. Her work can be found in private collections and the archives of the Hunt Institute, the Chelsea Physic Garden, Hampton Court Palace and the Kew Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives Collections.

Sarah Gould

Sarah Gould, botanical artist and CSBA tutor

Sarah has been teaching vellum painting since 2001 holding workshops and short courses at the Chelsea Physic Garden, The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Leicester Botanic Gardens. She is on the selection committees of the Eden Project Florilegium Society and the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators.

Sarah Gould originally qualified as a Landscape Architect with a broad working knowledge and appreciation of plants. After studying Botanical Illustration for three years with Anne Marie Evans she began to work on calfskin vellum and now paints almost exclusively on this medium.

Sarah has been awarded two Silver-Gilt medals at the RHS, London in 2000 and 2002 for paintings of fruit on vellum. She has exhibited at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, The Hortus Gallery, Chelsea and Ursus, New York. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the RHS Lindley Library, The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute and the Chelsea Physic Garden as well as in numerous private collections throughout Europe and America.

Sally Pond

Sally Pond, botanical artist and CSBA tutor

Sally enrolled on the Botanical Painting Course at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 2009 and graduated with a distinction in 2011.   She is a member of the group Amicus Botanicus, all fellow graduates, and has shown work with them at their last two exhibitions in London.

In 2013 and 2014 Sally was awarded silver-gilt medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and received a Certificate of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists in 2013.  

She also exhibits regularly at galleries in and around her home in Salisbury as well as being involved in many local art events.Sally now runs regular Botanical Painting workshops in Salisbury and for Artsmart in Beaconsfield.

Julia Trickey  BA (Hons)

Julia Trickey, botanical artist and CSBA guest tutor

Julia discovered botanical art in 1998 having previously studied Visual Communication at Bath Academy of Art.

Julia is particularly drawn to specimens that are less than perfect such as autumn leaves, fading flowers and seed heads, often painting them larger than life.

She has four coveted RHS Gold medals amongst other awards and has work in the RHS Lindley Library, the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA and the Chelsea Physic Garden archives as well as private collections worldwide.

Julia has also written leaflets and magazine articles on botanical painting.

Botany and Illustration

Lucy T Smith BA (HONS) MA  James Cook University

Lucy T Smith, botanist and CSBA guest tutor

Lucy is a freelance botanical artist based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Over the past 20 years she has added over 600 illustrations to the Kew collections, collaborating with botanists on projects such as the Palms of New Guinea, illustrations for numerous scientific journals, and for publication in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.

She holds Bachelors and Masters of Visual Arts degrees and has been teaching botanical illustration at the English Gardening School, and with CSBA since its inception. Awards for Lucy’s work include the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London, two RHS Gold Medals, three Second Prizes and several Highly Commended awards from the Margaret Flockton Award (for scientific botanical illustration). She also has the Jill Smythies Award for excellence in Scientific Illustration from the Linnean Society of London.

In 2001 Lucy spent six weeks on the Endeavour replica, following in the footsteps of botanical artist Sydney Parkinson, recreating part of Cooks 1768-1771 voyage for BBC documentary “The Ship.”  Alongside her work at Kew, she is currently working on an independent study of the giant, night-flowering waterlilies from South America.

Anna Haigh BSc (Hons) University of Bristol

Anna Haigh, botanist and CSBA guest tutor

Anna is a botanist and eMonocot taxonomist at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, where she is currently gathering content and creating identification keys for emonocot.org. She has written a number of scientific papers and contributed to others as well.

Anna taught botany at the English Gardening School and at CSBA since it opened.

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