Marianne Hazlewood



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Arisaema ringens, ink shoots - 2017 - Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge

Arisaema costatum, ink shoots - 2017 - Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge

Arisaema consanguineum, ink shoots - 2017 - Japanese ink paste on Lambeth cartridge

Dropteris affinis, scaly male fern - 2013 - Watercolour on Fabriano 5

Phlebodium aureum, golden polypody - 2013 - Watercolour on Fabriano 5

Dropteris siboldii, Siebold's wood fern - 2014 - Watercolour on Fabriano 5


Marianne Hazlewood Dip BI is an RHS and BISCOT Gold award-winning botanical illustrator, who specialises in detail. She creates photorealistic depictions of the plants with which she works to demonstrate the structures, patterns and tones within her specimens. She creates modern botanical illustrations in various media including watercolour, Japanese ink paste and screenprint. Each media offers a different refinement on a close observational process.

Her small garden which was featured on BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World, is central to her work and has provided a place to grow, observe and document her plants over multiple seasons to create contemporary botanical pieces.

She is interested in connecting and working with botanists, horticulturalists, environmental scientists and other artists, and in taking on commission work. She is also looking forward to the new projects on her ever growing to do list.


Marianne was born and resides in Edinburgh, and lived in Nigeria as a child, returning to Scotland for holidays and high school. She began her artistic career as a graphic designer and subsequently studied Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), where she was awarded a distinction and the Eve Bennet Book Prize for Botanical Illustration.

She won an RHS Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s London Botanical Art and Photography Show in 2019. At the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society’s Botanical Images Scotia exhibition she was awarded a Gold in 2019 and a Silver in 2014.

Her work has been featured in various botanical society group exhibitions including Flora Scotia in conjunction with World Botanical Art Day in 2018, the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA), and the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists (ESBA).

She was featured in the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) Open exhibition in 2018 and in the Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) Open exhibition in 2019. She also regularly shows as a solo artist at the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival.

Her work has been published in Gregory Kenicer’s Scottish Plant Lore: An Illustrated Flora (Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2018), which launched at the Edinburgh Book Festival. She has also been featured in The Botanical Artist, (Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists, 2019) with an article on her Japanese ink paste illustrations.

Marianne has continued her connection with RBGE where she is currently a tutor on the Online Certificate in Botanical Illustration course. She loves working with the students and assisting them with their introduction to botanical illustration.


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