I have had a life-long love affair with plants having been brought up in a family of plant lovers. My earliest memories are of walking through rows of dahlias grown by my grandfather and which often took won prizes at the annual Bristol Flower Show, and also helping out on his and my father's allotments. But it was wild flowers that popped up here and there which fascinated me most. However, to the proud gardening adults in my family these were just annoying weeds to be eradicated as quickly as possible, but to me they were and still are things of great beauty.
I began drawing wild plants at a very early age but increased my drawings to garden flowers, fruit and vegetables. But my greatest love has always been the wild things – Bindweed growing over a fence, Primroses peeping out from under bushes, and also odd seed pods, wrinkled leaves and other items left by autumn storms. I see great beauty in all of these things and love to immortalise them on paper not only in my preferred medium of colour pencil but also occasional watercolour paints.
I became so passionate in my interest that I undertook a correspondence course with the Society of Botanical Artists and in 2010 gained a diploma. Since then I have not looked back and continue on a daily basis to improve my technique.
Seed Pods from Greece – colour pencil, 16.5 x 11.7"
© Marion Jackson,