Sandy Gough

I have loved to garden and draw ever since childhood. Even at an early age plants and flowers delighted and fascinated me.

Throughout my life I have tried to paint and draw flowers and plants, but have always been frustrated by the two dimensional appearance of my pictures. Taking part in various adult education classes didn’t fill my needs, until prior to retirement I attended a series of workshops at Winterbourne Botanic Garden. Following this, I enrolled in a one year course in Botanical Illustration at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in 2010.These were very inspiring courses, and opened up a whole new world for me by introducing me to the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists (I became a member in 2011) and a new circle of friendly like minded people.

I prefer working in graphite and coloured pencil and sometimes pen and ink. I am particularly drawn to specimens that are less than perfect, especially leaves and vegetables. I strive for botanical accuracy, relishing the detail. But above all I am enjoying exploring the different aspects of this absorbing pastime, and sharing the love of drawing with my enthusiastic four year old granddaughter, who also loves helping me search for the perfect dried up leaf or seed head to draw.

Exhibitions

2012 ‘From a Monastic Herbal Worcester Cathedral (part of the Worcester Festival)
2013 Illustrated Herbs, Coach House. Winterbourne Botanic Garden, Birmingham