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DEBORAH MONTGOMERIE

Biography

I was born in the UK but currently live in a little seaside town on Whidbey Island, an artist’s and writer’s haven in the far NW corner of Washington State, USA. I have been involved in the arts one way or another for most of my life, originally training as a textile designer. Several years ago I discovered the joy of painting plant life. I became interested in portraying the plant alone without any other distractions. In 2012 I applied to do a distance learning course with the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in the UK to understand more of the techniques of botanical painting & after graduating in March of 2015 I am still more than ever entranced by the botanical world. I am also a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) & the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. I consider myself mainly a contemporary botanical artist & use botanical art with its scientific heritage & focus on accuracy in all aspects of a plant’s structure. I usually work in 3 main media: graphite, pen & ink, watercolor. I have a passion for reaching out to find the world’s most interesting paints that are suitable for botanicals. I paint in many layers using fine brushes to gradually capture the color of the subject. My choice of subjects are many: typically flowers, fruit and vegetables but I also have passion to depict subjects that have character such as seeds, pods, roots etc. I also like to dissect & use my digital microscope to study the subject to understand its ‘inner structures’. Lately I have spread my interests into the natural science world as a recent piece, Studies of Willow Pond Nests exhibited. 

 
 

Education

Somerset College of Arts and Technology, UK, Distance Learning Course, Society of Botanical Artists, UK

Publications & Exhibits 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019

May 2016 Botanical Sketchbook demo, Blue School Arts, Clinton, Whidbey Island, WA

May 2016 Garden Show, MUSEO Gallery, Langley, Whidbey Island, WA

June 2016 The Beauty of Botanicals, OA Gallery, Kirkwood, Missouri

June 2016 Exhibit, Flower House Café, Whidbey Island, WA

Nov & Dec 2016 Christmas Show, MUSEO Gallery, Langley, Whidbey Island, WA

Nov & Dec 2016 Exhibit, Flower House Café, Whidbey Island, Washington

March 2017 American Society of Botanical Artists Journal – Studio Style

March 2017 Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon, Botanical Juried Show

May 2017 Exhibit, Flower House Café, Whidbey Island, WA

June 2017 Whidbey Life Magazine online interview, Seeing the Overlooked.

August 2017 Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour

September 2017 Giclee Exhibit, Flower House Café, Whidbey Island WA

Nov & Dec 2017 Christmas Show, MUSEO Gallery, Langley, Whidbey Island. WA

March & April 2018 Blooms Winery Tasting Room ‘For the love of Mother Nature’

Nov & Dec 2018 Christmas Show, MUSEO Gallery, Langley, Whidbey Island. WA

September 2019 Awarded Fellow of Society of Botanical Artists UK (SBA)