The certificate is for works of strictly botanical value and is judged each year by an expert in the botanical field. The achievement if recognised by the letters CBM after the artist's name, with the date.The expert judget for 2011 was Maureen Lazarus from the Department of Biodiversity and Systematic Biology at the National Museum Wales. According to SBA President Vickie Marsh's speech, Ms Lazarus spent some two days surveying all the works submitted before selecting those worthy of the award of a Certificate of Botanical Merit.
|Papaver June Poppy by Fiona Strickland DA SBA GM CBM '09|
(62 x 43cm / 24 x 17in, watercolour)
My particular favourite of those winning CBMs this year was the June Poppy painted in watercolour by Fiona Strickland. If you've never seen Fiona's work, it's worth a trip to London just to see the quality of her painting and what she can achieve. As somebody commented to me, there's an immense number of meticulous watercolour washes used to achieve the intense saturation and luminosity found in her work.
In 2011, Certificates of Botanical Merit were awarded to
- Mariko Aikawa SBA - Strelitizia Reginae (pencil)
- Susan Christopher Coulson VPSBA, SFP, GM, CMB '06 - August Bloom (coloured pencil). Susan is well known for creating a collection of specimens in one drawing. This particular one includes:
Autumn Bloom (Coloured Pencil)
by Susan Christopher Coulson
VPSBA, SFP, GM, CMB '06
- Ribes sanguinium;
- Purple podded pea
- Plum 'Opal'
- Berberis buxifolia
- Greengage var, unknown
- Wild Bullace
- Mahonia x media 'Charity'
- Papaver somniferum;
- Damson 'Merryweather'
- Wild Bilberries
- Plum 'Victoria'
- cultivated Blueberry
- Guy William Eves SBA CPGFS - Magnolia (pencil)
|Magnolia by Guy William Eves SBA CPFGS (pencil)|
- Angeline de Meester SBA FLS DpEGS(Dist) GM - Heuchera 'Hollywood' (watercolour). Angeline has recently joined the teaching staff at the English Gardening School to teach elements of their Botanical Painting Diploma course
- Rachel Munn SBA - Wild Cherry Bark (coloured pencil) which you can see on the 'woodland' page of her website. Rachel is a coloured pencil artist and an ex student of both Ann Swan and Moya Davern.
- Barbara Munro DipSBA(Dist) Assoc SBA - Juglans regia - walnut (watercolour)
- Janie Pirie SBA UKCPS, GM, CBM '10 - Prunus Communis Another coloured pencil artist and another ex student of Ann Swan's! Janie's coloured pencil drawing of a jade vine is to be used as the main image for the publicity for the Annual Exhibition in 2012 - "Flowers in the Olympic Year"
- Nancy Stantiford - Warty Ornamental Gourd (watercolour)
- Fiona Strickland DA SBA GM CBM '09 - Papavier, June Poppy
- Ann Swan SBA - Collection of Summer Seeds Pods
- Lisa Tommasi Assoc SBA - Taraxacum officinale (watercolour). You can see more flowers on her website
|Taraxacum officinale by Lisa Tommasi (watercolour)|
- Penny Stenning SBA CPGFS CBM '99 and '06 - Gladiolus (watercolour). Penny is a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, and also paints for the Eden Project.
- Brenda Watts SBA GM CBM '97, '02, '04 and '08 - Autumn Seeds
- Marilyn Wheeler Dip SBA(Dist.) Assoc SBA SGM CBM '10 - Rubus Fruticosa - bramble (watercolour) Marilyn Wheeler is a professional botanical artist based in Mid-Wales. There is an exhibition of her work at Aberglasney House and Garden between 15-28 July 2011.
|Autumn Seeds by Brenda Watts SBA GM CBM '97, '02, '04 and '08|
- Flowers in the Olympic Year
Next year's exhibition can be seen at Westminster Central Hall between 20th - 29th April 2012. Exhibition entry schedules are available from the Executive Secretary.
Note: Maureen Lazarus is one of the authors of The Paradise Garden, a Museum of Wales Publication about the development of botanical illustration.