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Botanical Illustration


Rosemary Wise has been employed as botanical artist for the department of Plant Sciences in Oxford since 1965, and is also associate member of the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Rosemary has illustrated many books and scientific papers, and assisted with undergraduate teaching. She has accompanied expeditions to many places to illustrate plants, including Bolivia, Ethiopia, Grenada, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Portugal, Scandinavia, Seychelles, Spain, West Papua and Papua New Guinea. She has run courses, mostly in watercolour techniques, at Oxford Botanic Garden and has also conducted illustration courses for botanists in Bolivia, Sweden, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

In December 2015, she visited Ethiopia for the first time to run a course in techniques of illustration and started painting selected plants for a planned series of posters.

Rosemary was awarded the prestigious, annual international Jill Smythies award for published botanical illustration, from the Linnaean society of London. To celebrate her 50 years at Plant Sciences in Oxford, she was awarded the Sibthorp Medal for 'life time services to botany'.