About

Pomegranate Flowers

Pomegranate Flowers

Margaret J. Fitzpatrick HSDipAD SBA

Margaret has been working as a professional artist for over 30 years. After graduating with Honours from Reigate School of Art and Design, she worked as a calligrapher and heraldic artist for ten years; her clients included the College of Arms in London, the Inns of Court and the London Livery Companies, plus many businesses and corporations as well as private individuals.

Her two loves, plants and gardening, drew her to botanical illustration although she still likes to paint other subjects including landscapes. Her heraldic and illumination work was primarily in gouache and oils on calfskin, canvas and silk, whilst her botanical work is primarily in watercolour. She is particularly interested in exploring different media and grounds for her work and has produced pictures using silverpoint on a bone ash prepared paper and using watercolour on vellum. She is inspired by the early illuminated manuscripts and by the Dutch 17th century still life painter.                

Education:

Higher Surrey Diploma in Art and Design, Reigate School of Art, 1981

C&G Adult Learning Certificate, Oxford, 1999

Diploma in Botanical Illustration ( Distinction), Society of Botanical Artists, 2008

 Career:

Freelance Calligrapher, Illustrator and Heraldic Artist, 1979 – 1991

Tutor, Calligraphy and Heraldry, Sussex, 1983

Tutor, Calligraphy and Heraldry, Oxfordshire, 1988 – 1999

Botanical Artist, 1993 –

Tutor, Painting, Drawing, Botanical Illustration, Oxfordshire, 1998 –

Tutor, Botanical Art, Distance Learning Diploma Course, Society of Botanical Artists, London, 2014 –

Membership:

Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers

Fellow of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium

Member of Society of Botanical Artists

Media:

Watercolour, Gouache, Graphite, Silverpoint, Oil

 One Person Exhibitions:

West Oxfordshire Arts Society, Bampton Gallery, England, 2012

Artist in Residence, Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester, England 2012 and 2013.

 Group Exhibitions:

 Royal College of Physicians, Paintings from the Illustrated College Herbal London 2018

In Ruskin’s Footsteps, Worldwide Exhibition of Botanical Art, Lancaster 2018

Tulipa Tulipae Exhibition Madrid Botanical Gardens 2018

Hunt Institute, 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh 2016

Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists, London, 2008-

Annual Exhibition of the Gloucestershire Society of Botanical Illustration, Gloucestershire, 2001-2014

Annual Exhibition of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, London, 2013

Summer Exhibition of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium, 2013 and 2015

Biennial Exhibition of Botanical Art at Palmengarten, Frankfurt, 2010 2014 2016 2018

 Honour(s)/Award(s):

Great Art Award SBA 2019

Certificate of Botanical Merit SBA 2016

Award for Painting on Vellum SBA 2016

Special Award for Excellence, Society of Botanical Artists, 2007

Silver Medal, Royal Horticultural Society, 2003

Collections:

Hunt institute for Botanical Documentation

Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Archive

Oxford Botanic Garden Florilegium Archive

Royal College of Arms

Garter Banners St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Bath Banners Westminster Abbey

Inns of Court, London

Livery Companies London

Private Collections

Work Reproduced in:

Botanical Painting  the Society of Botanical Artists 2018

Royal College of Physicians The Illustrated College Herbal 2018

Hunt Institute 15th International Catalogue 2016

Brown A, 2015, Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden

Oxford plant Systematics, 2014,vol. 20, p.16

The Most Noble Order of The Garter 650 years P Begent & H Chesshyre