Clare McGhee

I was born in Aberdeen and after graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 1991 with a degree in Interior Design I worked for many years for a contemporary design company.

Drawing and painting for me has always been a passion and I continued to further my art studies at Edinburgh College of Art before concentrating on Botanical pieces. Why Botanical Art? Well to be honest I never really thought about specialising in this form of Art but when the opportunity arose in 2007 to study a new Diploma in Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh I decided to give it a go. It was to be an 'instinctive' choice as I have always been 'drawn' to nature and I particularly love working in fine detail.

I graduated with Distinction in 2009 and then received an RHS Gold Medal for a collection of 8 Vegetable paintings in March 2010. Three paintings were acquired by the RHS Lindley Library and other pieces are in private collections. I was made an Associate with the SBA - Society of Botanical Artists in 2011

I work principally in pencil, watercolour and gouache.

I am always striving for a greater realism and dynamism in my work. Design for me is also very important and I enjoy experimenting with different perspectives and unusual compositions. I love the challenge of painting more complex and intricate subjects and my current pieces are large-scale which I really enjoy tackling. The large pieces can take me weeks and sometimes months to complete.

Susannah Blaxill, a wonderful Australian Botanical Artist, Scott Gustafson a truly great American Artist and Illustrator, and other greats - Norman Rockwell, Alan Lee, Walt Disney

Prices range from £250 - £5,000.
Please do get in touch if you are interested in anything you see and also if you would like to discuss a commission.


Spear Thistle 45cm x 61cm
watercolour © Clare McGhee
Lemon & Lime Twist, 53cm x 73cm, watercolour © Clare McGhee
Potato Peeling, SOLD RHS Lindley Collection watercolour © Clare McGhee
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