Our Botanical Illustrators group was established in 2006 by Margaret Holloway, who has been our coordinator, mentor and inspiration ever since. Margaret is now exploring other artistic pursuits and is leaving the Cranbourne Botanical Illustrators at the start of September. It is with much appreciation but heavy hearts that we farewell her and know that she leaves a great gap in our midst.
Margaret has been interested in nature and art for as long as she can remember. She has worked in many media, including pottery, oils, graphite, pen and ink and watercolour. She has exhibited widely and won many awards for her fine work. She has been involved in botanical art for the past 20 years and her paintings are held in the Victorian State Botanical Collection, the Cranbourne Collection and at Wilson Park, Berwick, as well as in private collections.
The botanical art exhibition, ‘Native Seduction’, at the Australian Garden has been organised thanks to Margaret’s sustained efforts and is a fitting tribute to her gentle persuasion and guidance.
As well as being a creative, productive and accomplished artist, Margaret has also been an art teacher, including in botanical art at Cranbourne, and has contributed much with her voluntary community involvement, such as with the Friends of RBGV Cranbourne. We owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her energy, encouragement, leadership and warm friendship and wish her every joy and success in her new artistic endeavours.