Dr Sherwood has always been interested in plants as well as the arts. She did her undergraduate degree in botany from Oxford University and her D.Phil working in a team which discovered the important drug Tagamet.
She started the Shirley Sherwood Collection in 1990, and it now includes over 1000 paintings and drawings, representing the work of over 303 contemporary artists from 36 countries around the world. She has been curating exhibitions of works from her collection in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK since it opened in 2008. She has exhibited her collection in many other prestigious locations including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Marciana Library in Venice and the Real Jardín Botánico Madrid. She has also written six books and many articles on botanical art.
She has recently published a retrospective book about her 30 years of collecting that accompanied a large exhibition in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery.
The Association of British Botanical Artists is honoured to have Dr Sherwood as their founding Patron.
President, Treasurer & Trustee
I am a founding member and natural history artist with a primary interest in butterflies and their larval host food plants. I spent 20 years as a science teacher before returning to my love of botanical art and I am really looking forward to helping grow the association for the benefit of our members. Please feel free to contact me at any time, I would love to hear from you.
Managed by members of the ABBA Team the ABBA Gallery and website are key resources for bringing our members together to showcase their work regardless of location or ability. We welcome all artists interested in botanical art.
I now work from home, part-time, so am able to spend more time painting. As a relative new comer to Botanical Art, I remember enjoying the arrangement, composition, colour, and structure of the fruits and vegetables that I used, as a young Advanced Cordon Bleu chef.
My career took me on several different paths and parts of the world, which did include ceramic conservation, but it wasn't until I retired from the City that I began painting with water colours.
I have been painting professionally for twenty five years, initially as a Muralist and Decorative Painter, then as an Art Teacher and now as a freelance Botanical Artist and Illustrator. I have a Diploma with Merit from The Chelsea School of Botanical Art and I am a Painting Member of The Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, The Association of British Botanical Artists (ABBA), The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and Amicus Botanicus. I work with industries and magazines who use botanicals in their products and in their marketing. I also welcomes private commission.
Art Curator at the RHS Lindley Library in London. Having started looking after the Society's botanical art collection 15 years ago, I love seeing how it inspires new artists. With over 400 years' worth of pictures, including works by the most recent RHS Gold medal winners. I could never choose just one favourite piece!
Botanical Advisor, Trustee & Social Media
Founding member and highly regarded botanical artist who between paintings works on local plant conservation, surveying wildflower habitats for local authorities and helping local communities improve their wildlife areas.
The founding President of ABBA, Gaynor was responsible for initiating the formation of the Association and overseeing its early days. An award winning botanical artist who moved to Norway in 2020, Gaynor exhibits her work internationally and is a well known botanical art tutor.