Hazel West-Sherring’s knowledge and love of English garden plants, fruits, trees and hedgerows, and her sound sense of design and typography, together produce her recognisable classic botanical portraits.
Hazel studied graphic design and art history in the mid 70’s. A fifteen year London-based design career followed, whilst maintaining her love of painting, plants and gardening.
Hazel became interested in botanical painting after finding a book on the subject by Anne-Marie Evans. In 2003 she enrolled on a residential course with Anne-Marie who encouraged and inspired. In 2005, Hazel’s first ever exhibition, gained her a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal for her watercolours of Phlox paniculata. In that same year Hazel was commissioned to paint a special pear, as an invited artist in the recently published Highgrove Florilegium, an Historical record of the plants in the Highgrove garden of HRH The Prince of Wales.
In 2006 she had a solo exhibition of prints at the Garden Museum, and in 2007 exhibited at the 21st anniversary show of the Society of Botanical Artists, and at the Hunt Institute 12th International. She was commissioned in 2010 by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, to paint species Narcissus for the recent ‘Bulbmania’exhibition.
Several of Hazel’s works are now held in collections across Europe and America, and can be viewed from the gallery pages of her website. Three paintings from the Auricula collection have been purchased by the Lindley Library and an award-winning Phlox by the Hunt Institute.
Hazel now regularly runs botanical painting courses from the studio of her Kent home, as well as at various locations in Kent and Sussex. An ongoing private project for future exhibition in 2015, is work with Sissinghurst, portraying the gardens most iconic plants.
For more information about Hazel, her paintings and her courses, please visit: www.hazelwestsherring.co.uk
Email Hazel at: firstname.lastname@example.org