Yvonne Glenister Hammond is inspired by
the play of light on flowers, fruit and vegetables. She likes
to create tactile images bathed in glowing colour and arranged
carefully on the page in bold, confident compositions.
The varied forms and rich hues of irises, fuchsias, ripe
squashes and artichokes, luscious plums and strawberries are
combined in her work.
She has always drawn and painted but took up botanical painting
seriously in 1995. She studied at the Chelsea Physic
Garden and was awarded a distinction.
Since then three of her works have been acquired by the Hunt
Institute for Botanical Documentation (the world's
largest collection of botanical art) at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, USA.
The most important private collector and promoter of botanical
art worldwide, Dr. Shirley Sherwood, has
acquired four of Yvonne’s paintings for her travelling
collection and has also featured her in her book A
Passion for Plants: Contemporary Botanical Masterworks published by Cassell in 2001. See News
and Events for other titles in which Yvonne is featured.
Yvonne is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists
who have a large annual exhibition in Westminster, London,
UK. She is also an award-winning tutor on their ground-breaking
distance learning course details of which can be seen on the
SBA website. At the 2010 Society of Botanical Artists’ Exhibition her Black Hollyhock was runner-up in both the Joyce Cuming Presentation Award and the People’s Choice.
She is a founder member of the Chelsea Physic Garden
Florilegium Society who have 28 of her paintings
in their archive collection of plants in the gardens. These
have been used for their publications and can be seen in the
book about the artists painting for this project – see
under News and Events.
There have been many group exhibitions of Yvonne’s
work plus two solo exhibitions in London and one in Cambridge.
She has also exhibited in New York, Munich, Singapore, The Hunt Institute
for Botanical Documentation (who hold three of her paintings
in their collection) in Pittsburgh (USA), Tasmania and at the Oxford
University Department of Plant Sciences. Her work is increasingly
sought-after and is in private collections in Japan, Australia,
Canada, USA, Holland, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.
Yvonne always paints from life which is how she achieves
such an amazingly high standard of accuracy and detail. She
uses the finest artists’ watercolours and sable brushes
on hand-made paper or on vellum. She also works in pencil
and in pen-and-ink when required. She applies as many as a
dozen layers of translucent pigment in order to achieve the
vibrant colours which occur in the natural world. Her paintings
have a strong wall appeal as well as being suitable for eye-catching
She also enjoys teaching and gives courses at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire, and has taught workshops on board Swan Hellenics cruise liner Minerva and with Hebridean International on board Hebridean Spirit. Yvonne has travelled to Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, The Mediterranean and Black Sea, the Baltic and Central and South America - always painting the local flora and the fruits sold in local markets.
She was invited to paint in the Fens with wildlife artists
by the Artists for Nature Foundation as part
of their project with the Wildlife Trusts
who are restoring part of the Great Fen in East Anglia, UK.
For details of the book which accompanied this project see
News and Events.
Four of Yvonne's paintings are in the Highgrove Florilegium,
a superb limited edition which was commissioned to record
the plants in the garden at Highgrove. Details of how to obtain
a copy of this magnificent two-volume work are available from
Yvonne undertakes commissions on request. An original
botanical painting would be perfect for that special present
maybe or perhaps you would like a painting of your favourite
plant? All paintings are drawn from life and are life size.
There may be a wait if a particular plant or flower is out
of season. Prices are from £150 depending on size and
complexity and how long completion of the work takes. A deposit
of 25% of the agreed price will be payable on acceptance of
the commission with the balance to be paid on delivery. Payment
should be by sterling cheque on a UK bank, payable to Yvonne
Hammond. More details on Contact page.
Yvonne lives in Bedfordshire UK about 50 miles north of London.
She is married to the naturalist and writer, Nicholas Hammond,
who has written many books on wildlife and wildlife art.