Sharon Bradley Ed.Dip.BI
A passionate gardener and plants woman led artist Sharon to study Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. In 2009 she graduated from their new Diploma in Botanical illustration course with distinction and she now tutors beginners and continuing Botanical Art classes at the Gardens. She is a tutor with a Botanical Art painting Holiday Company and runs a private Botanical Art Group in her home town.
Although now only concentrating on Botanical Art, Sharon originally studied at Glasgow School of Art and Leith College of Art in Edinburgh where she mastered all subjects and mediums and enjoyed a successful time as a landscape artist. When time allowed she attended many painting holidays and continued her studies at evening classes at college.
Working as a Gallery Manager for many years Sharon has been able to exhibit and sell her own work in several of the Galleries that she has come in contact with and she has lost count of the commissions that regrettably she never kept images of. She successfully exhibits her work in her local Gallery and still works to commission. Her image Meconopsis wilsonii subs orientalis was commissioned and published in Curtis Botanical Magazine in March 2011 and she has recently completed the next commission for them of a yet unnamed Black Primula.
Sharon lives in a small village in the Scottish Borders overlooking the country side and is surrounded by unlimited Botanical subjects from the tiny native flowers to majestic Beech trees. Her own garden which has been described as very cottagey is full of inspiration and throughout the year there is always something to wonder at and admire and to dream of having the time to paint.
Although not a qualified Botanist Sharon has taken time to study Botany so that she can fully understand what is required for her plant portraits. She is a member of The Meconopsis Organisation and is very fortunate to be able to grow these magnificent plants in her own garden. She grows lots of plants from seed and has now outgrown the cold frames and greenhouses that she has. She is fascinated in the History of Botanical Art and has studied several of the historical artists including an in depth study of the Bauer Brothers.
As a member of staff at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sharon is very fortunate to come in to contact with some of the World’s finest Botanists and Modern Day Plant Hunters. The Historical Scottish Plant Hunters and Explorers feature significantly in the Garden and it is amazing just how many plants we take for granted were introduced in to the country by them so long ago. Recently Sharon has been working alongside some of these modern day plant hunters and helping them illustrate their papers on the new plants they are introducing.