Gaynor lives on the south coast of the UK, but spent 25 of her formative years as an artist, living in Norway. She is self-taught, but continues to learn from other artists, her students and of course the best teacher of all; nature.
Similar to many artists, Gaynor has always drawn and felt that art was in her psyche. Although she chose to follow another career (nursing), she continued to develop her artistic skills and for many years painted birds. She also travelled round Norway teaching her techniques. Now she uses watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite or in some instances pen & ink. She paints mostly on paper; Fabriano hot-pressed being her favourite.
When she returned to the UK, Gaynor says she ‘got hooked by accident’ on botanical art and has been developing her skills in this ever since. She finds that there is always something out there to investigate and capture on paper. There is always a new challenge in each picture she paints
In the first quarter of 2009 Gaynor won a Distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) distance learning course and full membership with the SBA. She won an award for Botanical Merit at the SBA annual exhibition in London during the same period and again in 2012. She is also a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Society of Floral Painters in the UK.
Gaynor holds regular classes and workshops in the UK; teaching botanical art and illustration to both beginners and experienced artists who are interested in this detailed art form. She keeps her classes small to offer individual attention to those who want to get the most out of their learning experience. Gaynor plans to return to Norway in the summer of 2014, to run a Summer Holiday Botanical Art Workshop. Look at her website for the most up to date information.
Although Gaynor loves teaching the intricacies of botanical art and illustration to others, she is constantly developing her own skills, winning several awards in the process. These include a Silver Gilt medal from the Muribilia Botanical exhibition in Lucca, for her Magnolia x soulangeana series, a Royal Horticultural Society silver medal for the same picture series in 2011. In 2013 ‘Magnolia x soulangeana; blooms’ was accepted by the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh USA. She is now working on a new series of paintings to be exhibited by the RHS in 2014.
Gaynor’s botanical art pictures are held in the USA, Europe and Australia, including a collection in Her Majesty the Queen’s Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park and the Hunt’s permanent collection in Pittsburgh, USA.
Web page: www.gaynorsflora.com