Dianne Sutherland

 

Painter of plants, illustrator and arts tutor
After leaving art college my career as an artist began in the mid 1980's when I trained as a design technician with theRoyal Albert design team, Staffordshire. This was where I first learned to paint intricate floral patterns on china.
In the late 1980s I moved to Scotland where I worked as a freelance artist and illustrator, specialising in natural history subjects. By the late 90's I had begun to specialize in botancal subjects and took some time out to study for a BSc Hons in Biology  After graduation I worked for 4 years in Arts education but continued to paint throughout this period, I returned to illustration and painting on a full time basis in 2009.
In 2004 I was accepted by the RHS picture Committee and exhibit regularly at shows, on three occasions being awarded medals for my work. In 2006, my first Silver medal was awarded at the Birmingham "Gardeners' World" exhibition, for work produced during my scholarship working at the, Cruickshank Botanic Garden, University of Aberdeen. In 2008 I was awarded a second RHS Silver Medal, this time for a collection of watercolours based on the study of reproductive mechanisms in flowers and inspired by the work of Arthur Harry Church. Most recently I exhibited at the RHS Malvern Spring Gardening show with a collection of leaf sudies and again with reproducive mechanisms in 2012 and 2013.

 
 

I completed a Diploma in Botanical Art with the Society of Botanical Artists, in 2011, for which I was awarded a Distinction. In Feb 2012 was elected as a full member of the Society. I was awarded a Certificate in Botanical Merit and highly commended for the Joyce Cumming Award by the Society of Botanical Artists at their Silver Jubilee Exhibition at Westminster, for my Scots Thistle Head drawing. I was highly commended again in 2012, for a painting of the native Primula vulgaris on vellum. To read more about the SBA show visit the Making a Mark blog.
I paint a wide variety of plant subjects but have a particular interest in British native plants. My work can be found in the public collection at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh. I exhibited in the 12th International Exhibition. For my contribution, curatorJames White, kindly gifted me a piece of vellum from the estate of acclaimed Scottish botanical artist, Rory McEwen. I hope to paint on this vellum this year.
I continue to exhibit in galleries in Scotland and England, such as the McEwen Gallery, Ballater and the Anthony Woodd Gallery, Edinburgh. I also continue to work as a illustrator and art tutor.
Having relocated in Staffordshire in 2012, I took a short time out but I applied and was elected as a full member of the Society of Staffordshire Artists in October the same year. I exhibited for the first time with them in 2013.