A little bit about Billy
Artist Billy Showell, is based in Tunbridge Wells, she graduated from St Martins School of Art with a degree in fashion design and illustration but later changed direction to pursue a career in painting, illustration and tuition.
Watercolour has been a passion of Billy's for some years now, she fell into botanical painting by chance but has since written 3 best selling hardback 'how to' books, 'Watercolour Flower Portraits', 'Watercolour Fruit and Vegetable Portraits' and 'The A-Z of flower portraits' and another book on the way all published by Search Press.
Billy is a member of the Society of Botanical artists, the SBA, and has won several CBM awards (certificates of botanical merits). She also has work held in the Kew archives and those of the Hunt Institute in America. Billy has been teaching botanical painting since she began painting watercolour and has a passion for sharing all that she has learnt, all her tips and skills.
As a contemporary botanical artist Billy has a reputation for her unusual and creative compositions for example her hearts, shoes and necklaces, as well as her unique take on traditional arrangements that challenge the norm. Great designers such as Charles Rene Mackintosh, Alphonse Mucha and sculptor Alberto Giacometti inspire Billy together with elements from her own background in fashion design and illustration. Billy endeavours to create stylish and beautifully balanced compositions of flowers, fruits or vegetables.
Billy has worked her career around bringing up two sons and spends most of her time in her studio teaching and creating new works for exhibitions and books. Billy loves to encourage others, in her own words “I love to share all that I have learnt and discovered with painting over my career and would encourage anyone who has dream't of having a go at watercolour to just jump in, even with minimal kit I can show anyone how to get started, it’s a journey of discovery and little moments of eureka, with my know how and a little time set aside to practice, painting could become your passion”