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An Artists Perspective

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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:  Finished field sketch  

Title: Field sketch of Orange birch bolete, Uath Loch, Scotland. By Sarah Morrish

Title: Field sketch of Orange birch boleteUath Loch, Scotland. By Sarah Morrish 

Title: The field sketch of Orange birch bolete developed into a finished painting 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:  Fly agaric by Sarah Morrish 

Title:  Up close and personal with Fly agaric by Claire Ward

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: 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: 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

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: 

Sarah Morrish 

Claire Ward 

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