Nature has inspired Deirdre to paint her subjects closely, revealing intricate detail and perfect forms that the eye sometimes misses. Environmental threats to Australia’s flora has inspired Deirdre to paint species of environmental importance and vulnerability. She is currently working on the mangrove species of Australia, most of which grow in and around the Daintree River in Far North Queensland. The mangroves are the subject of her post graduate studies in Natural History Illustration.
Deirdre has twice exhibited her watercolour paintings of Australia’s mangrove species at the Royal Horticultural Society’s London show in 2012 and 2015 for which she was awarded Silver-gilt medals.
1960 Born Newcastle, Australia
1978 – 1979, 1984 University of Newcastle, undergraduate studies
1979 – 1987 Nursing, Royal Newcastle Hospital, RPA Sydney.
1990 – 1994 Lived in Wales and England
1998 – Freelance botanical artist
2006 – Botanical art teacher (weekend workshops only) at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery, Gymea
2006 – 2013 The Florilegium Society at the Botanic Gardens Sydney Honorary Secretary, then Public Officer and Treasurer from 2011
2007 – 2012 Curtin University. Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art and Visual Culture)
2013 – PhD candidate in Natural History Illustration at University of Newcastle, NSW