I was born and spent my childhood in Kirkcudbright, in Galloway, Scotland, a small town which has long had a strong artists' community. As children we were given days of freedom to roam the coasts and countryside collecting wild flowers, shells, pebbles and other such delights.
Moving to Wales at eighteen I studied fine art at Cardiff School of Art. I worked in fashion until I came back to fine art with the diploma course in botanical painting at the English Gardening School, at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London in 2004. I have been painting and exhibiting my work since then.
The subjects of my paintings usually suggest themselves to me - perhaps a lucky find whilst out walking, or something that triggers a memory of place, or simply a shell, feather or flower with a wonderful surface pattern or colour. The artists whose botanical work I admire include Alexander Marshal, Rory McEwan, Charles Rennie Macintosh and Elizabeth Blackadder. I enjoy working on vellum because of it’s particular surface qualities and it’s historical associations, but I also enjoy working on beautiful handmade paper.
I was a founder member of the group Amicus Botanicus and have regularly exhibited with them in London. I also exhibit regularly in Wales.
I welcome commissions and have paintings in both private and public collections.
All images ©Louise Young 2013