Shirley Slocock

Following a childhood immersed in farming life, a foundation art course and later a career in international horticultural exhibitions,  it seemed a natural progression for her to enrol on the English Gardening School’s Diploma Course in London in 2004.  Studying botanical painting with Anne Marie Evans and Helen Allen was an exciting  revelation – the marriage of plants and intricate paintings, wonderful!

The artist has for many years been a director of Knap Hill Nursery, a family business since 1795, with a worldwide reputation for its award winning rhododendrons and azaleas. Her husband is a skilled botanist and together they have collected seed worldwide and germinated them here in their own garden – with varying results!

Exhibitions followed the completion of the Course:  at  the SBA in London where she was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit and the Daler Rowney Award and  at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, where two of her paintings remain in their permanent collection.  She participated in a silver medal group exhibit at the  Royal Horticultural Society’s London show and in 2012 was awarded a silver gilt medal for her paintings of palms. She is a Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society and has paintings in their archive. She has exhibited at the London exhibitions of Amicus Botanicus and also in a number of other Surrey locations.

In 2012 she was a finalist in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize in Adelaide, Australia for which she received a Highly Commended award;  her work featured in the Museum’s promotional material and the painting itself toured to other major Australian cities.

Her work is painted from live specimens and, in addition to a traditional style, she has now developed her approach towards using plants and vegetables in a design  format. She paints mostly on paper, occasionally vellum, using high quality watercolour and sometimes graphite.
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Cobaea scandens (Cup and Saucer vine)
43cms x h48cms.
Watercolour on Fabriano artistico
© Shirley Slocock, 2010
Coconuts - w46cms x h52cms,
Watercolour on Fabriano artistico.
© Shirley Slocock, 2012
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