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J R Shepherd

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Climbing Plants, 2012 Watercolour Width: 42 Cm Height: 29.70 Cm © Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
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2011 Grapes, 2011 Watercolour on Paper Width: 29.70 Cm Height: 42 Cm © Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
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Californian Poppies, 2005 Pen and Ink Width: 42 Cm Height: 29.70 Cm © Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
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Savoy, 2011 Watercolour Width: 42 Cm Height: 29.70 Cm © Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
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Papaver orientale, 2005 Pen and Ink Width 29.70 Cm Height: 42 Cm © Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
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Rosa 'Playboy', 2011 Watercolour and Graphite Width: 29.70 Cm Height: 42 Cm © Jessica Rosemary Shepherd
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Climbing plants Watercolour
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Grapes
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Sally the Savoy Watercolour
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Quick Facts
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Tags
botanical art, botanical illustration, watercolor, realism, traditional
Artists Statement

Botanical taxonomist and artist, J R Shepherd, works with watercolours to create realistic portraits of plants.

 “The wonder that occurs when art collides with science is awe inspiring. I believe that by blending art with science we begin to generate new harmonies.

There was a very distinct moment when I realised that as a botanist what I was doing needed to be expressed visually as well as academically. In my artwork I try to explore how the viewer experiences and interprets scientific material that is represented visually in a beautiful way. I paint plants simply because I enjoy the challenge of depicting them as accurately as I can, whilst capturing their essence. 

Currently I am working on a personal diary project illustrating every single plant I have used over a twelve month period. This project has evolved from several years of previous work and research with plant collections and it will be original in its effort to underline the connections between the mechanical and natural worlds and will challenge current perceptions of botanical art and its use in the 21st Century.”

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