Biography: Anne-Marie Evans MBE

Anne-Marie Evans MBE

Picture of Anne-Marie Evans' book cover
Book cover for "An Approach to Botanical Painting" by Evans and Evans.

Recognized worldwide as a master teacher of botanical art, Anne-Marie Evans MBE lives in England. For many years, she conducted her own botanical school in her private studio there; she continues to hold workshops in the U.S. and many other international locations.

In 2016, Anne-Marie was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Mrs. Anne-Marie Evans MBE is honored to be an Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order: "For services to Botanical Art and Education."

Co-author with her husband of An Approach to Botanical Illustration, she holds a Masters degree in Art and Design. The book describes her six-step watercolor method, which ensures rapid progress, even for those with no experience. Emphasizing the three-dimensional form, the intensive instruction focuses on developing and improving the drawing, painting, and observational skills required for botanical watercolor painting. Ms. Evans believes that anyone can achieve a competent standard with patience and appropriate teaching.

Ms. Evans composed and established the first Diploma in Botanical Painting in the UK and has been directing the Program at the Chelsea Physic Garden ever since it began. She is Honorary Director of the American Society for Botanical Artists (ASBA) and Honorary President of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and advisor of the Filoli Florilegium, and a fellow of the Linnean Society. In 2005, Ms. Evans received the Veitch Memorial Medal, which is awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement and improvement of the science and practice of horticulture.

As a leading figure in botanical illustration, Ms. Evans' worldwide influence has led to a resurgence of interest in and greater understanding of the depiction of plants.

Last modified: February 4, 2018
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