My work as a Botanical Artist
I am a Botanical Artist, using watercolour, sometimes together with graphite, to portray the unique flora of the
Word Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of north eastern New South Wales and southern Queensland and the areas
immediately around them. A special focus is made on plants that are rare and endangered. The creative and
meditative experience, of observing the natural world and then painting it, sustain my hope that, by revealing the
beauty and intricate details of these plants, people who see these artworks will be encouraged to work actively for
the protection of our planet’s irreplaceable natural world.
Botanical Art Education
I began to train as a Botanical Artist in 2010 when I took a unit in Botanical Art at the Penzance School of Art (UK),
followed in 2011 by the Beginners course in Botanical Art run by the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland in
Brisbane. In 2012 I was accepted into the 2013 intake for the Society of Botanical Artists (UK) Distance Learning
Course in Botanical Art, graduating at the end of the course in April 2015 with the Diploma in Botanical Art. Since
2013 I have also studied specific techniques at workshops and master classes run by individual artists in Brisbane,
Sydney and Armidale.
Zahra Maarten: Botanical Artist inspired by the flora of Australia’s World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests.
Copyright 2017
Society of Botanical Artists (UK) Annual Exhibition, London
Floressence, the annual exhibition of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland, Brisbane
Botanicus Group Exhibition in the Murwillumbah Art Trail, Murwillumbah
Native Plant Society of Australia (Qld Branch) Spring Show, Brisbane
Floressence, the annual exhibition of the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland, Brisbane
Tweed’s Natural Heritage Exhibition of Botanical Paintings: Flowers, Fruit & Ferns
Exhibitions in which my work has been shown