Sally Pinhey is one of Britain’s foremost botanical illustrators. Her work is known for its liveliness, charm and detail as well as botanical accuracy. She has illustrated three specialist books.
They are “Pears” by Jim Arbury and Sally Pinhey, ISBN 0-9532136-0-9.
“Plums” by Jim Arbury and Sally Pinhey ISBN 098104-49070
And “Natural Dyes” by Judy Hardman and Sally Pinhey, ISBN 978-1-84797-100-5
Parts of other books were produced for Dorling Kindersley, Aurum Press, Top That Publishing and Church House publications. See Books, Paintings and Prints pages.
Sally accepts commissions for publishing and commercial work. She has never missed a deadline.
She holds numerous RHS medals, and is a regular exhibitor at RHS shows.
Sally has a fund of training, experience and respect for her educational activities. Her distance learning courses on “Drawing for Botanists” and “Plant Morphology with Watercolour” are now available.
Art Tutor at Kingston Maurward College, Dorset since 1999, Sally is also a former tutor at the Eden Project, Cornwall and The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury.
She was an invited demonstrator from 2002 to 2005 at Art in Action.
Sally does workshops for organizations at special request. She is happy to be involved with King Henry’s Walk Gardens in Islington. The photo is of Joe Swift’s visit on the occasion of the Gardens winning the “Best London Community Garden” Award.
See Teaching page.
Introduction to Botanical Art
27 & 28 July 10 am – 4.30 pm
Botanical Art - August Long Weekend
(HR019) At Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester
4 Days starting 19th August.
Advanced Botanical Illustration Certificate Course (HR16)
At Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester
Starting on 19th September.
Wish you could Draw?
8 Mondays, 7 – 9pm, starting on 26th Sept at Kingston Maurward College.
Painting Fruits and Berries (HR020)
At Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester
2 days, 1st and 2nd October
Widely travelled, Sally has completed collections of ferns and wine grapes in New Zealand, wine grapes in France and Australia, and fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean when she lived for three years in Italy. See Grapes page
Some of Sally’s designs are printed in card form and are available both wholesale and retail on line.
She has run art holidays in France, and taken botanical artists trekking in the Himalayas.
See Holiday Let page.
She is a full member of the Association of Illustrators, a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, a founder and first Secretary of the South West Society of Botanical Artists.
In 2003 her work “Egdon Heath” was bought by The House of Lords.
Passionate about recording plants for archives, Sally’s ongoing obsession is reforestation.
See Links for Excellent Development.com and Trees page.
Drawing the Artists way with Sally Pinhey
From a student’s perspective
The attractiveness of this course lay in the words” Learn how to see as an artist and draw with confidence”. As a complete beginner with no previous teaching or any experience of drawing it was difficult to believe that at the end of this intensive course I might conceivably emerge as a fledgling artist.
This is a course designed to exploit the artistic and creative aspects of the brain and the objective of Sally’s teaching and exercises are to tap into this often hidden potential. A short test at the beginning revealed my preference for logic and maths based activities rather than creative or artistic pursuits but despite this Sally’s exercises enabled me to pick up a pencil and draw from the outset. I was soon totally absorbed in the act of drawing with no distracting thoughts to inhibit the process. By being directed to observe edges and spaces I was soon producing 2 dimensional images which, with some supplemental tuition were brought to life as 3 dimensional life forms. The techniques required to draw objects to scale and to master perspective followed so that by the end of the tutoring I was able to tackle anything and as promised could draw. In order to practice and gain more proficiency in the skills I had been taught I continued with Sally Pinhey’s Distance Learning Course and am delighted and astonished with the results of my early assignments.
Over the following days unexpected benefits materialised. Shoulder tension precipitating restricted neck mobility, invariably accompanied by an ache from years of computer overuse, disappeared. Healthy sleeping patterns replaced a long history of disturbed nights and activities during the day became easily structured with time no longer an issue. Naively I thought I was buying a course in drawing but walked away with a completely new, improved and relaxed way of life. This is a course I would have no hesitation of recommending to people with unfulfilled artistic aspirations and a desire to improve their daily life. It was value for money and achieved its stated aims.