Hello! My name is Julia Trickey and I am a botanical artist and tutor, living in the beautiful historic English city of Bath (Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and visit my website!). I enjoy painting anything plant or natural history related.
I’ve loved drawing right from childhood so once I left school it was a natural progression to apply for a place to study Visual Communication at art college. However, the figurative style of painting I enjoyed working in was rather discouraged, so I found myself all at sea and rather than illustration I got involved in lettering and general graphic design projects. So, ironically, I stopped drawing when I went to art college.
Years later when my children were little, I was looking for a hobby outside of the home and saw a botanical art course advertised at my local adult education centre. I signed up and in the first class we drew horse chestnut conkers and I was immediately hooked.
From that moment I haven’t looked back, have exhibited my work all round the world and have received numerous awards for my paintings. I now tutor classes in Bath as well as running workshops further afield. I have also written articles for art magazines and have produced botanical art DVDs and leaflets (available through my website.)
In 2014, I was privileged to be part of a group of botanical artists invited to Transylvania to record and depict the local flora. In the same year my botanical illustrations appeared on Royal Mail Post & Go British Flora stamps.
Botanical Art has been around as an art form for many years, starting with illustrated herbals, whilst pre-photography explorers would be accompanied by a botanical artist, whose task would be to record the new and exciting plants found on their travels.
Nowadays there is a strong community of botanical artists all round the world, some still working for more scientific purposes and others, like myself, depicting flowers, fruit and leaves in an accurate style but mainly for their aesthetic beauty.
The process of producing botanical watercolours involves applying layers of watercolour to build up depth of colour and form. Each wash is allowed to dry before the next is applied.
Detail is added with drier techniques and a fine brush. Consequently it can be a very absorbing and time consuming process but when done well results in glowing, rich, vibrant plant portraits.