Susan Christopher-Coulson - Botanical Artist

Susan’s degree in Fashion and Textiles was followed by several years working in the London fashion industry. An interest in the plant world developed on country walks with her father from early childhood when drawing also became a constant form of expression but it wasn’t until a happy return to her native North of England that she was able to combine both interests. She focused on developing drawings based on natural subjects, including botanical, and expanding her coloured pencil techniques, which have been her preferred medium since childhood. Their potential to create rich tonal depths as well as subtle transitions and translucent colours is a constant fascination as are the infinite possibilities offered by the botanical subjects, which she prefers to draw directly from live subjects.

Following the positive response to her first solo exhibition, botanical subjects have remained the main focus of Susan’s work. It has been given a variety of awards, including two Royal Horticultural Society gold medals and several awards from both The Society of Botanical Artists and The Society of Floral Painters, where she is an elected member of both and exhibits annually in their exhibition programmes as well as taking part in other joint exhibitions each year.

As well as private commissions, Susan has had work commissioned for greetings cards and for The Tudor House Garden in Southampton. Susan’s work is held in private collections in the UK and abroad, as well as The Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens, The RHS Lindley Library and The Florilegium archive at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, where she is a member of their Florilegium Society. Her work also appears in a number of books. The rise in popularity of Botanical Art and an increasing interest in the medium of coloured pencils has led to a variety of regular teaching opportunities throughout the UK and abroad.