Juglans regia 'Sarmis'Walnut Cultivar Watercolour© 2010 Christine Battle
Eucalyptus leucoxylon subsp. megalocarpaPink Flowered Eucalypt Watercolour© 2009 Christine Battle
Papaver somniferumOpium Poppy Watercolour© 2010 Christine Battle
Quercus guayavifoliaGolden Oak Watercolour© 2012 Christine Battle
Cupressus torulosaHimalayan Cypress Watercolour and graphite pencil© 2013 Christine Battle
Magnolia 'Atlas'Watercolour© 2013 Christine Battle
It was thanks to the gift of a two-day botanical drawing course in 2006 that Christine discovered she could paint plants. This led her to enrol for a course in botanical illustration at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden the following year, graduating with Credit in February 2009.
She currently lives with her husband and animals in a cottage hidden away in a wooded valley near Bath in England. Her studio is in the garden, where she works in the traditional manner using watercolour.
Christine exhibits regularly in London with Amicus Botanicus, and has exhibited in New York with the American Society of Botanical Artists, where her painting of a Eucalyptus was singled out for an Honourable Mention in 2011.
She was awarded a Gold Medal at the RHS Malvern Spring Show in May 2010 for her series of eight paintings entitled ‘New Trees’. In addition she contributes paintings to the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium and illustrates plates for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. She was invited to exhibit at The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh in 2013, and her watercolour of Cercis siliquastrum (Judas Tree) is now in the Institute's collection.
Most recently Christine has been invited to contribute three paintings to be included in the Transylvania Florilegium, presently being created under the aegis of HRH the Prince of Wales’ School of Traditional Arts.
South Gloucestershire BS30 6NG