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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.

 

 

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