I am a Scottish artist specialising in contemporary botanical art and illustration. 

Having always had an passion for drawing and painting, I began studying botanical illustration
 at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2008, completing the Foundation Course in 2010 and the RBGE Diploma in Botanical Illustration two years later in 2012.

I work mainly in watercolour, using layers of paint to build up colours and details.  My illustrations are life size or larger, drawn from plants I either grow myself or find.  I like to paint subjects that I see around me, celebrating the beauty of natural objects in everyday life.


  • 2018: Royal Horticultural Society Silver-Gilt Medal Awarded for ‘Plants Collected by John Jeffrey'
  • 2017: Best Painting awarded for Magnolia ‘Susan' at the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists ‘The Colours of Nature' exhibition
  • 2016: Highly Commended for 'Abies forrestii var. georgei’ at the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists 'Enchanted Forrest' exhibition
  • 2015: Royal Horticultural Society Silver Medal Awarded for 'All Glory is Fleeting' - Papaver Flowering
  • 2013: BISCOT Silver-Gilt Medal Awarded for Edible Plants of the Rosaceae Family

  • 2010-2012 RBGE Diploma with Distinction in Botanical Illustration
  • 2009-2010 RBGE Botanical Illustration Foundation Course 

  • Member of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists, since 2012
  • Member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists, since 2016
  • Member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, since 2019
© Nicola Macartney 2019