The Friends' Botanical Art Tutors

Dianne Emery

Born in the United Kingdom, Dianne studied art at the National Gallery School in Melbourne followed by a diploma of Education. She worked as an artist and teacher for many years, teaching at secondary, TAFE and tertiary levels.

Always interested in plants and horticulture, Dianne enrolled part-time at Burnley Horticultural College where she later began teaching short courses in Botanical Illustration.

This was followed by courses taught at Swinburne University, Melbourne CAE, Royal Botanic Gardens and workshops in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and regional Victoria.

She currently works at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, where she has been running botanic art workshops and botanical art classes for the Friends since 1996. Dianne has exhibited widely both here and interstate, including, since 1994, The Art of Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Recent exhibitions include:

    The Art of Botanical Illustration 2010
    Botanicasia 2009
    Botanica 2008, ‘Nature + Art’
    Natural History at Woodbine Gallery, Malmsbury
    ‘The Forgotten Flora’ travelling show from the National Herbarium Melbourne
    Botanica 2006 ‘The Masters Exhibition’
    Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney: 2005, Red Box Gallery, The Herbarium, Sydney
    A solo show at Woodbine Art Gallery, Malmsbury, Victoria

Dianne has won the Celia Rosser medal twice, in 2002 and 2004. Her works are held in the Victorian State collection, Geelong Regional Gallery, Esso Collection and in private collections in Australia and overseas.

Mali Moir

Mali Moir began her career as a botanical artist in 1993 at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Combining botanical and horticultural knowledge with artistic skills, Mali has contributed pen and ink drawings for Flora of Victoria, Flora of Australia, Mulleria and other scientific publications.

Working closely with botanists in this area, Mali understands the importance of scientific accuracy, the fundamentals of precise measurement and thorough depiction of detail. She teaches botanical illustration in association with the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, at private art groups and conducts workshops in Victoria, interstate and overseas.

Mali was awarded a Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society London and was an invited exhibitor at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation USA. She is a recipient of the inaugural Celia Rosser Medal and been twice a finalist in the Waterhouse Art Prize. Mali was the first Australian to receive the Focus On Nature Purchase Award by New York State Museum USA. In 2009 Mali received a Highly Commended Award, ‘Margaret Flockton Art Prize’, RBG Sydney.

She exhibits widely in Australia and internationally and has produced many works for private, public and corporate collections.

Mali has great interest in working in the area of conservation and was proud to donate a painting for a charity auction ‘Name a New Species of Shrimp’ held by Australian Marine Conservation Society in association with Museum Victoria. Mali also contributes to ‘Art for Sharks’ with AMCS, evidence of her sincere belief, inspired by a comment by John Wolseley, that “artists make science visible”.

Mali has a keen interest in the artistic interpretation of natural history themes. She approaches her work with traditional techniques whilst developing a fresh contemporary look. Mali executes works on paper with the consummate skill of a dedicated artist as she combines her fascination for science and nature with an active desire to render works of art with beauty, character and scientific merit.

Helen Burrows

Helen Burrows' botanical watercolor illustrations are represented in the Victorian National Herbarium collection, The Government House Florilegium Project, The National Library of Australia, The Illustrated Garden Collection (Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens), The Huntington Library (California), the Hunt Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University (Pennsylvania), the Lindley Library  Royal Horticultural Society (London), the Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum of Berlin-Dahlem, the Missouri Botanical Garden Library and Herbarium Library of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Her work is also held in galleries and private collections throughout Australia and overseas, and she has completed three volumes of Camellias in limited edition.

Helen's illustrative work has been used in various publications including ‘The Government House Florilegium Victoria’, the 'Jenny Phillips' Australian Botanical Artists` National Trust Desk Diary', the 'Illustrated Garden Collection', ‘Friends' Botanical Illustrators Calendars’ and 'Botanic News' (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne).

Helen is a member of the Florilegium Society of the Sydney Botanic Gardens. A professional graphic designer, Helen has also worked in both secondary and tertiary education sectors teaching Art and lecturing in Design and Graphic Communication. Helen currently teaches at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. With a background in adult educational training, Helen`s pedagogical theory is to deliver instructional strategies that create the best learning experience for both Beginners and Advanced students. Her curriculum, through personalised designed workshops, encourages students to experience and embrace the beauty and intricacies of nature in its many forms.

Her passionate interest in gardening and horticulture has found expression in her commitment to botanical painting. Helen teaches botanic art classes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Helen Y Burrows
Camellia Cottage