Kingcombe course tutor exhibits at RHS London Botanical Art Show
Wednesday 24th February 2016
(Above) Sarah's illustrations © Sarah Morrish
An artist who runs courses at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre exhibited her work at the RHS London Botanical Art Show on 26th and 27th February 2016. Her illustrations are inspired by the iconic hedgerows, trees and shrubs at Kingcombe Meadows in West Dorset.
Sarah Morrish has been working on the hedgerow project for over a year now, illustrating the twigs and buds found during the winter. With a background in conservation and ecology, Sarah wanted to highlight the importance of hedgerows and their preservation through her art work.
Sarah's work includes life-size drawings
The buds have been illustrated like you have never seen before, with some up to x20 life-size in scale, including a life-size set of twig illustrations. The Botanical Art Show has a world-wide reputation and Sarah exhibited with 34 other artists from around the world.
"The hedgerows have always interested me"
Sarah said, “The hedgerows found on and bordering the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve have always fascinated me. The history and ecological value associated with them has deepened my interest further.”
“All through the seasons there is always something to see, but the trees and shrubs in winter truly reveal their structure and beauty at this time of year. Walking past them you may not readily notice the features and colours of the finer details, but look closer and you will be amazed. It is hoped that this series of paintings and illustrations will reveal some of this beauty and increase visitor's interest in recognising tree species in winter.”
Sarah is also going to donate scans of each of the paintings and illustrations to DWT.
DWT congratulates Sarah on her wonderful work
DWT’s West Dorset Area Manager, Sam Hamer, said, “We would like to congratulate Sarah on her wonderful work. It’s great to see the natural world being interpreted in different ways, allowing people to look at it in a new light, and hopefully encouraging them to take a closer look when they’re exploring our nature reserves. We are lucky to have Sarah teaching courses at the Kingcombe Centre, and encourage anyone who feels inspired by her work to come and have a go themselves.”
Find out more about Kingcombe courses, DWT reserves and Sarah's work
Visit the Kingcombe website to find out about Sarah’s upcoming courses* or phone 01300 320684 for more information about the Centre and accommodation. Explore Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserves here. To see more of Sarah’s work visit her website.
*Brush with nature – Painting spring blossoms and plants. Tues 3rd May – Fri 6th May 2016.
Brush with nature – Illustrating butterflies and moths. Mon 1st – Fri 5th August.
Illustrating feathers – Saturday 6th August 2016.
Lino print making workshop – Saturday 12th November 2016
Lino print Christmas cards – Sunday 13th November 2016
Address: The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ. Tel 01300 320684.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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