Kingcombe supports artist Sarah Morrish on her new botanical illustration project for the Royal Horticultural Society prestigous exhibition.
Over the centuries, Dorset has motivated not only naturalists and scientists but provided the creative inspiration for artists, writers, and poets with its rich tapestry of colours, sounds and sights woven into an ancient landscape. Some artists have used inspiration from the array of wild flower meadows, ancient woodland and iconic views across west Dorset, while others such as Sarah Morrish find hers in nature's details.
Sarah has a background in conservation yet spends most of her time now illustrating the natural world in watercolour and pencil. She has embarked on special project in partnership with The Kingcombe Centre for an exhibition with the Royal Horticultural Society illustrating our iconic ancient hedgerow trees and shrubs. After a residential visit in winter / early spring, she will be producing eight paintings of eight species incorporating several twigs together with associated lichens, leaves and fruit.
Sarah said, “Since coming to Kingcombe from the late 1990's, I have always been fascinated by the hedgerows there and have in the past included many elements of them in my artwork.”
Sarah started the project last week with her first residential visit and will be regularly back at Kingcombe through late winter and spring to continue the work. She will also be teaching botanical illustration on our Brush with Nature courses as well as Lino Printmaking. See our Arts and Creative page for more details.