Carolyn Gibbs

I have practised botanical art for about 13 years now and enjoy it as a hobby alongside embroidery and currently my charity work with children in Nicaragua.  It actually helps to raise funds for my charitable causes when I make a sale!

I have always loved plants as a gardener and the process of painting them forces you to get up close and familiar with them and to see the beautiful detail.  I get great pleasure from the concentration and attention to detail in both my painting and embroidery and have exhibited locally, including The Association of Sussex Artists, The Horsham Artists Open Studios and The Brighton Open Houses. I gained a distinction on the Certificate of Botanical Art at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.  I have gained a certificate and Diploma in traditional hand embroidery from The Royal School of needlework. I prefer the precise and detailed occasionally experimenting when I feel brave!  It is very much a hobby and pleasure, it requires patience and thought and therefore each piece can take weeks if not months to complete.

Profits from my work are supporting my Nicaraguan project The Forgotten Children of the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes, helping with education and welfare of children on a remote island of Ometepe in Nicaragua.