Liz Fraser



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Detail of endpapers from The Smallest Kingdom, published by Kew Publishers, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Mixed media.

Plant Hunters. Mixed media painting 22.5cm x 24 cm.

Bonatea speciosa. Gouache 36cm x 30cm

Freesia. Acrylic 28cm x 34cm


I currently juggle a career as an artist and a full time secondary-school Additional-Needs Teacher in the Scottish Borders.

My traditional approach to botanical painting has developed over the last decade and I now work almost exclusively in acrylic, as well as incorporating contemporary techniques such as digital imaging and screen printing. Currently exploring egg tempera and water- soluble oils.


I studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1983. Worked in South Africa from 1984 to 1996 as a freelance botanical and wildlife artist, exhibiting through the Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg. Illustrated two books - 'A Fynbos Year', and 'Between Two Shores' (David Philip Publishers). All the paintings from 'Between Two Shores' were acquired for the corporate art collection of First Rand Banking Group, Johannesburg.
In 1998-99 I lived in Seychelles, working for BirdLife International.

A selection of paintings from my latest book, 'The Smallest Kingdom – Plants and Plant Collectors at the Cape of Good Hope', (Kew Publishers) is now in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, London.

Recent exhibitions:

'Botanical Art in the 21st Century’, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Botanic Gardens, Richmond. February 8 – August 10 2014.

'Botanical Art into the Third Millennium', 20th April -15th July 2013 at Museo della Grafica, Pisa, Italy.

'Plants in Peril', Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Botanic Gardens, 25th June 2011 – 9th April 2012.