Amicus Botanicus

Christine Battle

Christine came to botanical illustration by way of journalism, dressage, a love of trees - and a 50th birthday present…

Eucalyptus leucoxylon var. megalocarpaIt was thanks to that gift of a two-day botanical drawing course back in 2006 that Christine discovered she could paint plants. This led her to enrol for a Diploma course in botanical illustration at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London, graduating with Credit in February 2009.

Christine is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and exhibits at their annual Fall show in New York. In 2011 her painting of a red-flowered Eucalyptus was singled out for an Honourable Mention.

She was awarded a Gold Medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Show in May 2010 for her series of paintings ‘New Trees’, inspired by the book of the same name by Dr. John Grimshaw.

In addition she contributes paintings to the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium and regularly illustrates plates for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine.

In 2013 she was invited to exhibit at the world famous Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, and her painting of a Judas Tree is now in their permanent collection.

Also in 2013, Christine contributed three paintings to the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the aegis of HRH The Prince of Wales’ School of Traditional Arts, to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.

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Prunus ‘Donnisen'