Leigh Ann Gale

Following art college and a career in graphic design, Leigh Ann took up botanical painting at evening classes in 1997.  Inspired by these classes she went on to complete the Diploma in Botanical Painting and Illustration at the English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden, London.  Leigh Ann draws inspiration for her paintings from a wide range of subject matter, particularly specimens that are rich in colour, feature interesting textures or have an intricate structure.  She works predominantly in watercolour but also enjoys working with coloured pencils for some projects.  Leigh Ann is a group RHS medallist and a Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society where a number of her paintings are held in the archives of the Historic Royal Palaces.  Her  work also features in the permanent collection of botanical art at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA, as well as private collections both in the UK and abroad.  As a qualified tutor, Leigh Ann has been teaching botanical drawing and painting for a number of years.  She runs many courses and workshops in the public and private sectors across Sussex, Surrey and South London. To see Leigh Ann's work see www.botanicalartistry.com