I live in a small village in Stirlingshire that still has hedgerows rich in native shrubs and wild flowers, providing essential habitats and shelter for wildlife. For my diploma theme, I chose five common hedgerow plants, Blackberry Rubus fruticosus agg., Blackthorn Prunus spinosa, Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum, Sweet Briar Rosa rubiginosa and Ivy Hedera helix. Some of these plants are often overlooked or even dismissed as ‘weeds’, but examined in detail, these native plants are as beautiful and extraordinary as any exotic garden bloom.
I wanted my paintings to illustrate the plant’s own story, expressing a sense of time and movement, illustrating the extraordinary transitions from bud to fruit. Using a microscope opens up another world, a secret world of fascinating structures hidden within. These details appear like the plant’s signature and in an echo of Chinese calligraphy I have placed them at the side of the page.
I graduated with my Diploma in Botanical Illustration at RBGE in September 2017.
I am would like to share my new skills and interest in plants, especially native species, with young people. Plant patterns and structures provide rich inspiration for art work in different mediums.
For information on prints, talks and school projects please email.
Images © J. Langford