Liz Shippam

Liz Shippam, watercolor botanical art
To my eye, there appears to be a tendency in contemporary botanical art to be so respectful of scientific accuracy that contrasts of color and value are often sacrificed, leading to reserved, delicate watercolor renderings that are less impactful as artworks on their own.

The bold watercolors of English botanical artist Liz Shippam provide a refreshing counterpoint to that trend. Her refined and naturalistic paintings of flowering plants — and fruit, in particular — bring to mind 19th century watercolorists like Emilie Preyer and William Henry Hunt.

Like those artists, Shippam uses a dry brush technique, building up her textures in layers.

The gallery of work on Shippam’s website is not extensive, but you can find more of examples of her work on her Etsy shop and the Kevis House Gallery. I’ve also provided other links, below.


6 Replies to “Liz Shippam”

  1. Liz Shippam is a botanical artist based in Chichester, close to the beautiful South Downs. Liz’s primary aim is to communicate to the viewer what attracts her to her subject matter, whether form, texture or the subtle colours of the natural world. She is particularly drawn to fruit which changes as it ripens, capturing its transient beauty at a particular moment in time.

  2. Aren’t we all influenced by one another? Even my favourite botanist painter P.J. Redouté was influenced by Charles Louis L’Héritier de Brutelle, whose youngest daughter was named ‘Rose’.
    Chapter 14 of the book “The art of botanitical illustration” by Wilfrid Blunt with the assistence of William T. Stearn, ireads where Redouté is in a mean and nasty way physically described.
    Shame on them!!!

  3. Shame on them!
    Wilfrid Blunt (1901-87) was an art master at Haileybury College and at Eton College, Windsor. On his retirement in 1959 he became Curator of the Watts Gallery, near Guildford, Surrey. Here Blunt devoted most of his time to writing and travel and published some twenty-five books. William Stearn (b.1911) has had an almost lifelong interest in botanical illustration. His numerous publications include Botanical Latin,Australian Flower Paintings of Ferdinand Bauer, Merian in Surinam,Plant Portraits from the Flora Danica, Flower Artists of Kew and The Orchid Paintings of Franz Bauer.

  4. Thanks, Ælle. I find it fascinating to see how artistic influences pass between artists and between generations. We are always benefitting from the work of those who came before us.

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