We are delighted to be exhibiting botanical drawings by local artist Ruth Rawlings at the Lavender Farm tea-rooms. Ruth, an Island born artist, has exhibited both on the Island privately and with The Ventnor Botanical Artists, and in London with The Society of Botanical Artists.
Ruth trained on the Island under Deania Reid, a Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medallist and founder of Ventnor Botanical Artists. The Ventnor Botanical Artists was formed in 2002 and meets and exhibits regularly to encourage and highlight the art of botanical illustration.
Each illustration is original, hand drawn and painted using watercolours. Those displayed in our tea-rooms are framed but there are also some unframed examples available. Ruth has had to give up her painting due to ill health and these will be the last of her pieces available.
Originally, before the invention of photography, the purpose of botanical drawing was to record scientifically accurate depictions of plants. It is distinguishable from purely painting flowers because of the level of accuracy and realism needed. For instance, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers paintings are recognisable as sunflowers but they are nowhere near the level of detail or accuracy required of botanical illustrations.
The reason they are considered art is that they are so well drawn and painted and the subjects are attractive in themselves. Even now photography is available, illustrations are still used because of the unique perspective they give to plants.
Botanical drawings of the following plants are on display and available for purchase, please enquire in the tea rooms.
- Dactylorhiza fuchsii £65
- Viola rivinia. £65
- Bellis perennis. £65
- Victoria plum. £125
- Rosa albertine. £135
- Viburnum plicatum £135
- Walnut. £45