Jarnie Godwin BSc, PGCE and Mtcg.
With a formally trained background in Architecture and Graphic Design, and an eight year career in teaching with a BSc, PGCE and Mtcg in Teaching and Learning in the mix, Jarnie has always painted, and now uses her technical skills to influence her work as a botanical watercolour artist working under the name, Sketchbook Squirrel.
Jarnie’s watercolour pieces have a contemporary feel, with strong colours, highly accurate detail and vibrant compositions, reflecting a love of design, and anything with an eclectic, quirky and fun appeal. In 2011 she left full time teaching to follow her interest in botanical illustration, gaining the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) Diploma in Botanical Painting with a Distinction. In 2016 she was elected as a Full Member of the SBA, and continues to exhibit regularly with them since graduating.
Botanical illustration with its emphasis on accuracy and detail appeals to Jarnie’s technical skills, and her interest in structural forms, but also allows the freedom of expression in the colours and composition of the natural subjects she now choose to paint. Working mainly in watercolour, subjects can range from humble vegetables with imperfect leaves, to the elegant Iris and exuberant lily with their sensual, rich colours and striking forms, using many layers of translucent colour to capture their beauty and realism.
Since becoming a full time botanical watercolour artist, Jarnie’s work has been successfully exhibited in London, Ireland and Hampshire, with submissions to the SBA annual exhibition, work for the Irish Society of Botanical Artist’s Aibitir, The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art exhibition, and commissions for private clients and collectors.
Teaching is still an important part of Jarnie’s work as an artist, with workshops and online tutorials always proving popular. More of Jarnie’s work can be seen on her website www.sketchbooksquirrel.com
Sketchbook Squirrel Blog at http://jarnieg.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SketchbookSquirrelArt/
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