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11 July 2012
Local artist awarded Diploma from the English Gardening School

Julie Price from Clunes House was awarded her post-graduate Diploma (with Credit) in Botanical Watercolour Painting on July 2 from the English Gardening School after four years of study.

The course involved not just painting and drawing in immense detail, but also botany itself and delving into other mediums. Her final project comprised six studies of plants based around Bateman’s, the home of Rudyard Kipling in Sussex. The wisteria (on right) grows on the west wing of the house.

Julie trained initially at Plumpton College, Sussex before starting with the English Gardening School. She was selected to exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society’s exhibition in Chelsea in 2004 where she was awarded a medal for her series of works on squashes.

She now paints from her home in Cromarty and has branched out into painting the flora and fauna around her. Her studies include wildlife and crustaceans from the seashore as well as bees, shells and other insects, all of which have the same level of detail as her botanical studies. (Note cards with her illustrations are on sale in the Cromarty Pottery.)