Nature put in the exhibition frame

Vicki Lee Johnston’s fascination for plants and flowers drove her
Vicki Lee Johnston’s fascination for plants and flowers drove her

The shared love for art and nature brought Delma White, Alison Harvey, Vicki Lee Johnston and Jacqueline Pemberton together to launch the exhibition of artworks in oils, watercolours, coloured pencil and graphite inspired by nature, incorporating vivid and detailed images of plants and animals.

Johnston, a Gooseberry Hill resident and art world newcomer, said it was her fascination for plants and flowers that drove her creativity.

‘It was during a trip to Melbourne that I met botanical artist and teacher Jenny Phillips,’ she said.

‘I was surprised an accomplished artist like Jenny would take on such a novice but she could see my passion for plants and willingness to learn.

‘I then took workshops with Susannah Blaxill and Anne Marie Evans and I consider myself very fortunate to have had guidance from such masters of botanical art.’

Johnston is in fine company with the Framing Nature exhibition, with White having exhibited her work throughout Western Australia and having several awards under her belt.

New South Wales-born Harvey enjoys sharing her love for flora and fauna with her peers and an audience.

‘I have started experimenting with working in heat-set oils and have taught myself to use this interesting medium,’ she said.

‘Through my art, I hope to inspire others to a greater appreciation of our environment while extending my own knowledge and awareness.’

Pemberton conveys her love of the natural environment using coloured pencil, graphite and watercolour and captures the very essence of her subjects in detail.

She spends several weeks a year in the bush, collecting information from which she produces finished paintings from her home studio in Mandurah.