Gaynor Dickeson Dip SBA(Dist), SBA, SFP

Gaynor is an experienced teacher with many years in natural history illustration.  She works in watercolour, coloured pencil and graphite and has pictures in collections in Europe, the USA and Australia.

After school, the choice was between art or nursing.  Nursing won but she still kept up her artistic interests while living in Norway for 25 years.

In Norway, Gaynor developed her drawing and painting skills, leaning towards ornithology. At this time, she worked with Stavanger Museum, which loaned her bird skins so that she could portray bird plumage in detail.  She had her pictures in several successful exhibitions in Norway through the 1970s and 80s.  Following this she had her own exhibitions in Los Angeles in 1984, and in Stavanger in 1990.  She taught in many Norwegian towns, from Kristiansund in the North to Kristiansand in the South, but also in Los Angeles.

Gaynor moved back to the England in 1996, and now lives in West Sussex.  Since her return, she became interested in botanical illustration, working in watercolour, graphite and increasingly in coloured pencil. She now teaches only botanical art and illustration, finding that there are a multitude of beautiful plants around her all year long.  With so many different subjects to study, she enjoys helping others to see the beauty around them.

As an active member of both the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and the Society of Floral painters (SFP), Gaynor exhibits regularly and has contributed with demonstrations at their main exhibitions. Additionally, she was invited to exhibit in Lucca (Italy), where she won a Silver Gilt medal, Palmengarten in Frankfurt (Germany) with the SBA, and with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 2011 winning a coveted Silver Grenfell medal.  Invited to take part in an exhibition at Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park in 2010, one of her pictures is now part of its art collection.

To see some of Gaynor’s work please visit