Internationally renowned as a leading botanical artist, Fiona Strickland inspires through her unrivalled technical virtuosity in her application of multiple layers of transparent watercolour. With a passion for colour, and an extraordinary attention to detail, her paintings travel beyond pure scientific representation, and challenge perceptions of botanical art.
Choosing a vital moment to reveal fascinating aspects of a plant, captured with skilful accuracy in a way the viewer may not initially expect, is part of her distinctively individual and creative approach to painting.
As a postgraduate of drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art, she was selected to study at Hospitalfield House Arbroath and awarded a travelling Scholarship to Italy and France. Since developing her Botanical work, she has received an R.H.S. Gold Medal, the ASBA Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, multiple awards from the Society of Botanical Artists, and the ‘Best in Show’ award from the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has work in the collections of Dr Shirley Sherwood O.B.E., the R.H.S Lindley Library and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation as well as numerous private collections worldwide.
With paintings exhibited at Masterpiece Art Fair London, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art the Royal Botanical Garden Kew, the Manggha Museum, Krakow Poland, and solo exhibitions with the Jonathan Cooper Gallery London, it is perhaps no wonder her work is highly sought after by collectors