Sharon Field
  • What is creativity in botanical art?


    To be called a “creative” person does not mean that you must be absolutely original in what you do.  Creative people often think about ordinary things in new and innovative ways.  For example, how many people have painted mushrooms?  Off the top of my head, I think of the mushrooms by Rory McEwen, Susannah Blaxill, […]

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  • What does beauty in botanical art mean? (Part III)


    A beautiful piece of botanical art is powerful, not just because it is aesthetically pleasing as a work of art,  or for the talent needed for its creation, but because it can elicit emotion, make a statement, or perhaps even challenge preconceived ideas.   It should be more than a snapshot of the plant.  To have […]

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  • What does beauty in botanical art mean? (Part II)


    In my last blog, I explored the idea of what the differences might be between good art, and the best of botanical art.  So, how do we get our work to that point? Setting aside the initial concept for a work, which is an essay in itself, technical skill is our starting point – we […]

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  • What does beauty in botanical art mean? (Part I)


    A while back I was with a group of my friends in Sydney who are all experienced guides with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. We were spending two days on a “gallery crawl” – immersed in art of every type from modern to traditional, from painting to sculpture to installations. As we enjoyed […]

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  • And how should I begin?


    This is my first blog.  Here I will explain what motivates me, what drives me to do my style of botanical art.  What do I draw and paint … and why? With my art I try to present time suspended, encapsulating both the beauty and stillness of nature and of a world in balance. Most […]

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