Amicus Botanicus

Shirley Slocock

Contemporary botanical painter

Shirley Slocock has a background in horticulture and international horticultural exhibition consultancy.

VeggietationShe is a director of Knap Hill Nursery, a family business since 1795, with a worldwide reputation for the production of award winning azaleas and rhododendrons. It was both her love of watercolour painting and plants which attracted her to the English Gardening School’s Botanical Painting Course in 2004.

Vegetables feature in many of her paintings and recently she has explored the use of pencil as a medium, sometimes using both this and watercolour in her paintings. Since her first exhibit at the Society of Botanical Artists in 2007, she has exhibited widely in the UK, Australia and the USA.

Her awards include a Certificate of Merit and the Daler Rowney Award at the SBA, a group silver medal and an individual silver gilt medal at London RHS shows, Finalist and Highly commended for the Waterhouse Natural History Prize, Adelaide, Australia and Best drawing and a Highly commended at the Farnham Art Society’s exhibition at the James Hockey Gallery.

She is a fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society, has paintings in the Palace archive and in the Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh and private collections worldwide. She is a member of Farnham Art Society and a founding member of Amicus Botanicus.


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