Pandora Sellars

I read a few days ago on Katherine Tyrell's web site “Botanical Art & Artists” that the great botanical artist Pandora Sellars had passed away on May 9, 2017. She was 80 years old. Dr. Shirley Angela Sherwood, Order of the British Empire (OBE), thought very highly of her work.

Several years ago, I had the privilege of taking a class taught by Pandora at the Los Angeles Arboretum in Pasadena, CA. I was impressed not only with Pandora’s work but also with how modest and unassuming she was. Her work is characterized by the inclusion of more than one plant and often quite a few, but the compositions work nicely. The class was immensely enjoyable and I was able to almost finish my painting of a Bird of Paradise, but was able to include only two plants.

Painting of a Bird of Paradise leaf and flower with a budding daylily
Strelitzia retinae and Hemerocallis hybrid (Bird of Paradise ‘crane flower’ and Daylily), 2005, Watercolor and Graphite © Bonnie Driggers.

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.