Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
Jessica Rosemary Shepherd is an ethnobotanical artist. After working in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew between 2010 and 2014, Jess decided to focus her illustration skills to encompass mostly economically useful plants.
Although she enjoys painting all botanical subjects, Jess’ aspiration is to find a system that would improve and enhance our modern-day relationship to plants and feels that a way of achieving this is through highlighting their presence in our cultures, consequently make them part of the ‘self’.
Jessica has a degree in Botany and a Masters in Plant Taxonomy from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Prior to joining Kew, Jessica worked in Natural History as a curator at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery where she spent two years compiling a touring exhibition of the herbarium and mineral collections of Sir John St Aubyn (1759-1839).
She has a diploma in botanical illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists, has two pieces in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
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I also write a blog which documents the exhibitions that I have enjoyed; my work at Kew and the paintings and embroideries I am working on: