Sally Pinhey Botanical Illustration


Sally Pinhey is one of Britain’s foremost botanical illustrators. Her work is known for its liveliness, charm and detail as well as botanical accuracy. She has illustrated three specialist books.
They are “Pears” by Jim Arbury and Sally Pinhey, ISBN 0-9532136-0-9.
“Plums” by Jim Arbury and Sally Pinhey ISBN 098104-49070
And “Natural Dyes” by Judy Hardman and Sally Pinhey, ISBN 978-1-84797-100-5
Parts of other books were produced for Dorling Kindersley, Aurum Press, Top That Publishing and Church House publications. See Books, Paintings and  Prints pages.

Sally accepts commissions for publishing and commercial work. She has never missed a deadline.

She holds numerous RHS medals, and is a regular exhibitor at RHS shows.

Sally has a fund of training, experience and respect for her educational activities. Her distance learning courses on “Drawing for Botanists” and “Plant Morphology with Watercolour” are now available.   
Art Tutor at Kingston Maurward College, Dorset since 1999, Sally is also a former tutor at the Eden Project, Cornwall and The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury.

She was an invited demonstrator from 2002 to 2005 at Art in Action.
Sally does workshops for organizations at special request. She is happy to be involved with King Henry’s Walk Gardens in Islington. The photo is of Joe Swift’s visit on the occasion of the Gardens winning the “Best London Community Garden” Award.  

Sally is one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever come across.  Her enthusiasm never seems to wane and she has an extraordinary talent for opening people's eyes to the wonders of nature and has certainly made me want to know more about botany.  This combined with many years of botanical illustration makes for a mentor that will improve her students confidence and skills very quickly - Sue Flynn

See Teaching page.


January 7 to June 3, 2018 10am to 4pm daily
The Secret Life of Plants, Botany for Artists and Gardeners at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Romsey.

Hillier Gardens: Secret Life of Plants
The Secret Life of Plants - Art Course Sundays 7 January to Sunday 3 June 2018 10.00am to 4.00pm Improve your botanical illustration and gardening knowledge with 6 fun exploratory workshops. Follow the story of plant life through the seasonal cycle and study the forms and functions of plant parts. Drawing plants with botanical precision sharpens observation of flower and habit features, deepening plant understanding and easing identification. SYLLABUS: Week 1, 7th Jan - Fruits, seeds, nuts and seed dispersal Week 2, 4th Feb - Winter twigs and stem structures Week 3, 4th Mar - Germination and growth Week 4, 8th Apr - Leaves and photosynthesis Week 5, 6th May - Roots and asexual reproduction Week 6, 3rd June - Flowers and sexual reproduction Each workshop (except the first) starts with a review of home studies. We share what we have discovered in our own lines of interest. After coffee there is a presentation on the subject for the week, with living examples, discussions and microscope observations. After lunch the group gets down to some serious drawing and painting of their chosen specimen. Your tutors Sally Pinhey and Margaret Tebbs will give individual attention during this time, concluding with the individual home study projects for the month ahead. A materials list will be provided Price includes workbook worth over 17.00, lunch and refreshments. Early bird discount 340, save 35 if booked before Christmas. Price: Early bird discount 340.00, full price 375.00 per person for six month course.
Cost £340
Contact Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Phone 01794 369318

February 5, March 5, May 7, June 4 and July 9, 2018 
Whole Day botanical Illustration Workshops at Kingston Maurward College. May be booked in twos or threes. Ring Kingston Maurward part-time courses  01305 215215.


Widely travelled, Sally has completed collections of ferns and wine grapes in New Zealand, wine grapes in France and Australia, and fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean when she lived for three years in Italy.  See Grapes page

Some of Sally’s designs are printed in card form and are available both wholesale and retail on line.

She has run art holidays in France, and taken botanical artists trekking in the Himalayas.
See Holiday Let page.

She is a full member of the Association of Illustrators, a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, a founder and first Secretary of the South West Society of Botanical Artists.
In 2003 her work “Egdon Heath” was bought by The House of Lords.

Passionate about recording plants for archives, Sally’s ongoing obsession is reforestation.
See Links for Excellent and Trees page.

Drawing the Artists way with Sally Pinhey
From a student’s perspective
The attractiveness of this course lay in the words” Learn how to see as an artist and draw with confidence”.   As a complete beginner with no previous teaching or any experience of drawing it was difficult to believe that at the end of this intensive course I might conceivably emerge as a fledgling artist.
This is a course designed to exploit the artistic and creative aspects of the brain and the objective of Sally’s teaching and exercises are to tap into this often hidden potential.   A short test at the beginning revealed my preference for logic and maths based activities rather than creative or artistic pursuits but despite this Sally’s exercises enabled me to pick up a pencil and draw from the outset.   I was soon totally absorbed in the act of drawing with no distracting thoughts to inhibit the process.   By being directed to observe edges and spaces I was soon producing 2 dimensional images which, with some supplemental tuition were brought to life as 3 dimensional life forms.   The techniques required to draw objects to scale and to master perspective followed so that by the end of the tutoring I was able to tackle anything and as promised could draw.   In order to practice and gain more proficiency in the skills I had been taught I continued with Sally Pinhey’s Distance Learning Course and am delighted and astonished with the results of my early assignments.
Over the following days unexpected benefits materialised.   Shoulder tension precipitating restricted neck mobility, invariably accompanied by an ache from years of computer overuse, disappeared.   Healthy sleeping patterns replaced a long history of disturbed nights and activities during the day became easily structured with time no longer an issue.   Naively I thought I was buying a course in drawing but walked away with a completely new, improved and relaxed way of life.   This is a course I would have no hesitation of recommending to people with unfulfilled artistic aspirations and a desire to improve their daily life.   It was value for money and achieved its stated aims.
Judith Saint
November 2015

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