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Juliet Kirby
Botanical Watercolor Artist

Artist’s Statement:
Although botanical art may be created in many mediums, including graphite and pen and ink, watercolor is my choice for its transparency and ability to show light shining on or through leaves.

Magnolia Leaves, by Juliet Kirby

After a meticulous drawing of the subject is completed, watercolor is applied in layers or glazes to create depth. Drawings must be scientifically accurate and recognizable to the pickiest botanist while retaining the exuberance of the live plant.

My joy in teaching comes from showing others how to really see the natural world while developing their talent.

I am currently working on paintings of the native fringe tree and the redbud and a spectacular chrysanthemum found at the Fresh Market.

Magnolia and Oriole, by Juliet Kirby

About the Artist:
Juliet Kirby grew up in England and studied art at the Byam Shore School and the Central School of Art in London. She immigrated to the United States and continued her studies in botanical art at the New York Botanical Garden, graduating from their wonderful certificate program.

After moving to Williamsburg, Virginia, she started teaching botanical art at This Century Art Gallery in Williamsburg and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.

Paeonia, by Juliet Kirby

In 2012 she exhibited in a juried show “The Garden Path” at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia. In September, 2013, she will be showing her work in Harrisonburg, Virginia with some of her more advanced students and in 2014 in the Staunton Augusta Art Center in Staunton, Virginia.

Over the years her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

She is a member of the Association of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Botanical Artists Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR).

Contact Juliet by phone at (757) 258-5625 / 869-2978 or by email at kirby_juliet@yahoo.com

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