Barbara Gemmell

In my teens, I loved doing art and science. However, I ended up doing science then teaching.

On my retirement I did several weekend courses introducing me to botanical drawing, at Winterbourne. This was followed by the BSBA courses in Botanical Illustration 2010 and Aspects of Botanical Illustration in 2011, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. From then on, I was hooked.

I discovered that I love working in graphite, but I keep developing my watercolour skills. In 2012, I completed a course in the use of coloured pencils – a great medium for drawing.

I’ve always loved gardening and growing flowers and vegetables. Doing all this has opened my eyes even more to the beautiful world of nature, it’s fascinating forms and colours.