Tulipa 'Estella Rijnveld'Parrot Tulip Watercolour© Esmée Winkel
Lavandula angustifoliaLavender Watercolour© Esmée Winkel
Tadehagi triquetrumSouth-East Asian legumes Pen and Ink© Esmée Winkel
Dendrobium goodallianumRecently described Orchid from Papua New Guinea and named in honour of Dame Jane Goodall. Pen and Ink© Esmée Winkel
Diospyros virginianaAmerican persimmon Watercolour© 2015 Esmée Winkel
Esmée works as a scientific illustrator and botanical artist for Naturalis Biodiversity Center (Dutch Academic research institute and Natural history Museum). She received her BSc degree Biology at the Leiden University and the Master Scientific Illustration at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design and Maastricht University. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Her work has been awarded Gold Medals at Biscot Edinburgh 2012, Royal Horticultural Society of London 2013, 2016, an Honourable mention from the Hermine van Bers Beeldende Kunstprijs 2016, ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art and she has been presented with the Jill Smythies award by the Linnean Society of London. Her artwork is included in the permanent collection of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Hortus botanicus Leiden, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, New York State Museum, Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library and in private (Dutch Royal) collections.
Botanical paintings and Scientific Illustrations have an important role in the publications and theses of researchers. By illustrating for students, PhD candidates, Postdocs and senior researchers Esmée Winkel aims at making a large contribution to Science and to botany in particular. There still is no better way to capture the essence of a living plant or animal then by drawing or painting. Despite the great techniques of modern photography only with an illustration a reconstruction of a damaged plant or dried herbarium material is possible for example.
This form of art captures the beauty of plants and it is a powerful way to connect people with their environment and its plant life. So by exhibiting internationally, giving workshops, lectures and demonstrations, she believes that the awareness of scientific illustration and botanical art will grow and in this way underline the importance of studying nature.
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