A sketchbook can be many things: to some it is a record of a landscape or people in a cafe prior to painting them; to others it is a visual memory of a traveller's journey, more personal than the image captured by a camera. In this case, it is a beautiful record of one woman's development into a successful botanical artist and should be an inspiration to all those who chance upon it. As part of the Distance Learning Course run by the Society of Botanical Artists, students are required to keep a sketchbook. The one kept by Mary Ann Scott is exceptional. Her book covers the exercises, colour charts and basic preparatory work for each assignment, plus the finished studies ranging from a vignette of alpine flowers to glowing exotic fruit. It is a masterclass for all aspiring botanical artists.
Mary Ann Scott received a Diploma with Distinction on the Distance Learning Course run by the Society of Botanical Artists and became a full member in 2009. Margaret Stevens is the President of the Society of Botanical Artists and exhibits regularly with the Royal Horticultural Society. She is author of The Art of Botanical Painting and The Botanical Palette, both published by HarperCollins.
"A fascinating insight into one person's progression from able flower painter to outstanding botanical artist. Exquisitely illustrated throughout, with accessible information and advice."
- Artist, May 2010.