An Artists Perspective
Fungi have held a long-standing fascination for some botanical artists and even though they are not part of the plant kingdom, the illustration of them falls into this genre of drawing and painting.
Artists that illustrate fungi are often amateur mycologists themselves.
Two such botanical artists are Sarah Morrish and Claire Ward. Sarah is based in Hampshire and Claire in west Wales. Both artists combine their fascination of the natural world with their artwork and they not only depict fungi, but other botanical and natural science subjects. Their paintings often carry a conservation message too, showing plants from rare and/or declining habitats.
Both of them also share their skills leading workshops and courses.
Title: Finished field sketch
Title: Field sketch of Orange birch bolete, Uath Loch, Scotland. By Sarah Morrish
Title: The field sketch of Orange birch bolete developed into a finished painting by Sarah Morrish
Title: Fly agaric by Sarah Morrish
Title: Up close and personal with Fly agaric by Claire Ward
Title: The fungi is not only the subject matter, but is also used to make the paper too.
Subject matter and paper from the Birch polypore by Claire Ward
Title: Conifer Woodland Fungi by Claire Ward
Common yellow russula, False chanterelle, Slippery Jack
Title: Fungi of Mark Ash Wood by Sarah Morrish
Montage style paintings provide an ideal opportunity to illustrate a variety of fungi species from one habitat type or several
More of Sarah and Claire’s work and details of courses and workshops can be found at the following: