Shevaun Doherty SBA, Dip SBA (dist)

Shevaun DohertyShevaun Doherty is a botanical artist and natural history illustrator living in Dublin. From a very early age she loved to draw and paint, and had a great interest in nature.

It was when she moved to Egypt with her family in 2005, that she began to paint in watercolours, and inspired by the flora and fauna of the Middle East, she enrolled in the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) distance learning diploma course, graduating in 2012 with distinction. In 2014, she became a full member of the SBA, exhibiting regularly with them in London, and Palmengarten, Frankfurt.

Since graduating Shevaun has received a Highly Commended for her painting of Phoenix dactylifera (Ripening dates) at the SBA exhibition in London. She won two golds and a silver medal at the ‘Botanical Art in Bloom’ Exhibition in Dublin (2014, 2015). She was involved in the setting up of the Irish Society of Botanical Art and her work was included in ‘Aibítir, The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art’.

Bombus hortorum on Centaurea nigra

Gold medal at Bloom! Iris foetidissima 

In 2014 her painting of Cyperus prolifer Lam (Dwarf papyrus on papyrus) was selected for the highly prestigious ‘Fresh Water’ exhibition at the Gaiás Centre Museum, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Her work has been included in a number of publications, most notably the SBA’s ‘Handbook of Plant Forms for Botanical Artists’ by Margaret Stevens and Earnest C. Ward; and Katherine Tyrrell’s ‘Sketching 365’.  

Recently she designed the cover image and logo of The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Using art to raise awareness about conservation issues is something that she feels very passionate about.

Botanical art brings about a deep appreciation and greater understanding of the natural world. There is a joy in capturing the tiny details of nature, and inspiring others to notice the beauty around them. 

Shevaun’s work can be seen on her blog www.botanicalsketches.blogspot.co.uk and on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/shevaundohertyart

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