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Rosemary Dodgson

Botanical and animal portraits in a variety of media
Watercolour, chalk pastel, acrylic, pencil & pen and ink.
Fen Drayton

I have a lifetime’s interest in plants, working with plants as a horticulturalist: managing parks in north east London, teaching at Capel Manor College, Enfield and now focusing on botanical art. 

My formal art education is based on attending a one-day a week course for a year at the Chelsea Physic Garden run by the English Garden School. I undertook this to satisfy a life-long desire to be an artist but I did not achieve it until my late 40’s. I was amongst many people who were ‘not allowed’ to do art at school being reasonably good at science. The course provided me with the basic skills that I wanted to combine passion for art with my knowledge of botany. I started producing technical drawings for agricultural publications and have developed what I do from there. 

The variety of forms and colours of plants are a constant source of inspiration. I enjoy working in a number of mediums based on the more traditional watercolour but including pencil, pen and ink with and without washes, graphite and acrylics. I never seem to run out of subjects or ideas and hope that will continue for many years to come.

A few years ago I fell in love with some ultra- realistic pastel portraits but found that handling chalk pastels was very challenging. After a really good short course, when I learnt to understand the basic principles I have developed the use of this media. 

 Currently, I create pastel portraits of people and animals – mainly through commissions and I run the occasional workshop in subjects such as the use of pen and ink, botanical art and also in the use of chalk pastels and I would like to develop these more as I love working with all the people who want to create art. 

I am excited to be joining the Cambridge Drawing Society and very much look forward to getting involved, meeting new and interesting people, and being inspired by the art being produced.

 

 

A muddle of forsythia
Red Rhododendron
A triptych of Brassicas
Pink wood anemone
French Bulldog
'Wizard and Poppy'
Fuchsia - one of series of seven
Graphite and crayon clematis
Blue Caryopteris
Feline focus