Upcoming Meeting Details

Quarterly Meeting: Sunday, May 30, 2021


A Four-Stage Creative Process provides a holistic approach for botanical artists that has proved to be satisfying, energizing and leads to success. The feeling of elation, as ideas materialize, tops off this whole process, one that Margaret designed to assist her more experienced students over 30 years ago at The Margaret Saul School of Botanic Art & Illustration, based at Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, Australia but also which she adopted fully for her own art pursuits. It was also the foundation for the advanced level course in botanical art at the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration.

During this brief Zoom presentation, Margaret will take you through the four stages, provide images, and explain some of her novel concepts and applications in her own creative process. Learn how you might apply your own ideas and artistic skills within a similar framework to see you through the highs and lows in what is largely a creative exercise in probing, problem solving, and evaluation. Think of the process as a map to show where you are and how to proceed and with confidence in knowing you have allowed time and space for your imagination and ideas to come to fruition.

She shared the following with Barbara in an email, “Sharing knowledge freely at this stage of my life is what I love to do, and particularly for a group I helped to get off the ground! I just hope it all comes off as I intend and members feel it was worthwhile attending.”


Margaret Saul is a highly regarded botanical artist, illustrator, and teacher who has recently returned to Australia after 20 years as an X-pat in the USA and in Italy. Her interest in natural history and art was nurtured in a family of artists and amateur naturalists who delighted in frequent nature rambles and excursions with time to sketch and paint during annual holidays. While staff illustrator for the Queensland Herbarium, producing illustrations for field guides and regional and national illustrated floras, she developed a keen interest in taxonomic botany and in helping to create greater public awareness for Australian native plants. Since 1988, her focus has been on teaching and designing botanical art courses, facilitating “the art of seeing” for her many students in Australia and across the USA, but the most enjoyable and energizing teaching experience was as curriculum designer and founding director of the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration, USA (2004 – 2015). She is currently presenting workshops and studio courses for NatureArt Lab in Canberra. Margaret is represented in private and public collections including The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, USA, the Sherwood collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, and in science and art publications. Her botanical portraits are published in four books that document botanical art. Preferred media: Watercolour supported by coloured pencil.

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