It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lucy Smith in Cafe Botanique, Wednesday March 4th, 6:30 p.m.


Adventures of a Botanical Artist - 18th and 21st Centuries
Lucy T. Smith, Freelancing Botanical Illustrator for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

In 2001, Lucy Smith had the unique opportunity to experience life as a botanical illustrator onboard an 18th century sailing ship for a BBC documentary called “The Ship.” The ship was a modern-day replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour, and the journey part of Cook's 1768-1771 voyage of discovery to Australia. Smith was following in the footsteps of Sydney Parkinson, the artist on this voyage.
Lucy shares her experiences during the six-week journey and how it informed her modern-day professional botanical art practice.

Lucy T. Smith has been producing pen and ink and color illustrations for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew since 1999. She has completed 200 plates for the upcoming “Palms of New Guinea” monograph, as well as hundreds of other illustrations for various other plant families. Her work is reproduced in many journals, including Kew Bulletin, Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. She has received many awards for her work, including two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society, the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London. She teaches botanical illustration at Kew Gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Chelsea School of Botanical Art, all in London.
Wednesday, March 4, 6:30-8 p.m.
Mitchell Hall
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