Telopea speciosissima, NSW Waratah, Opening bud
35 x 35 cm
Watercolour on paper
Other artwork by Julie Nettleton
Half a lifetime ago my family and I would often come to the Blue Mountains for school holidays. Now I work and live in Blackheath with my lovely rescue greyhound, Rosie.
For reasons still somewhat elusive to me, botanical art overtook my career as an interior designer around 2004.
Predominantly, the plants I portray are Australian native species which are classified as significant, rare or endangered in the Sydney region. In particular, they are plants growing in an almost extinct bushland community called Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS). One of the last remaining pockets of ESBS is at North Head Sanctuary, Manly.
Whilst acknowledging the long, illustrious scientific and aesthetic tradition of botanical art, I strive to give each plant that I paint a voice to resonate in today’s world which says ‘I am as much a part of this place as you are. Don’t forget about me’.
My work is held in private and public collections in Australia, England and the USA.
- The Shirley Sherwood Collection of Contemporary Botanical Art, London
- The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
- The Florilegium Society, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney
- The Royal Botanic Gardens Victorian State Botanic Collection, Melbourne
Selected group shows
- The Florilegium, Celebrating 200 Years, Museum of Sydney, 2016
- Kedumba Drawing Award, Orange Regional Gallery
- Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Botanical Art Show, London, UK 2016
- The 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, USA 2013
- The Florilegium Society, Red Box Gallery at The National Herbarium, Sydney 2008, 2010
- Keeping Company with The Collection, Manly Art Gallery and Museum 2011
- The Eternal Order in Nature: The Science of Botanical Illustration, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne 2011
- Botanica, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, annually since 2006
- The Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Illustration, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney 2009
Royal Horticultural Society London, International Botanical Art Show: Gold Medal and Best Painting in Show, 2016
Julie Nettleton’s Blackheath Waratah featured in The Sydney Morning Herald!