About Me

Enfield, London, United Kingdom
I'm a botanical artist living in Enfield. graduated in April 2012 with credit from The Society Of Botanical Artists. All images and artwork copyright © Julie Whelan 2016 Exhibitions: Dugdale Centre Enfield Town – August 2012. Capel Manor Enfield – September 2012. Society Of Botanical Artists -highly commended for the Joyce cuming presentation award – April 2013. Botanical Art in Bloom, Phoenix Park, Dublin Ireland – May/June 2013. Botanical Art Expo, Claregalway Castle Ireland July/September 2013. April 2014: Society of Botanical Artists. June-November 2014: Royal Brompton and Harefield hospital Arts-Harefield hospital. November-January 2014:Royal Brompton and Harefield Arts-Royal Brompton Hospital. December 2014-February 2015:Staff and patient exhibition at the Royal Brompton Hospital- Proffessor David Rayson-Head awarded 3rd prize February 2015- Awarded associate membership at The Society of Botanical Artists. April 2015-Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition. July 2015-work accepted by the RHS February 2016-Society of Botanical Artists awarded full membership April 2016- Society of Botanical Artists-Awarded Margaret Granger Memorial Silver Bowl

Friday, 8 March 2013


This time last year I was eagerly awaiting for my final results from the http://www.soc-botanical-artists.org/distance_learning_diploma_course.php. The wait was agonising and I did my best to occupy myself with my artwork and exhibitions.The wait actually wasn't too long and the awaited letter came in the post and I was thrilled to see that I was awarded a credit. If you click on the above link you can see me and others at our graduation day!

One year on  and those agonising waits for letters in the post continue! My latest wait was for the news about whether my artwork had been accepted for the http://www.soc-botanical-artists.org/exhibitions_2013.php The wait was over and I received my letter and was thrilled that 3 of pieces were accepted and are going to be exhibited along side some very talented botanical artists. So you can imagine how excited I'm feeling right now!! Click on the link and you can see all details about the exhibition and what events the society have planned over the two weeks of the exhibition. Not only do you get to view some fabulous artworks you can watch demonstrations from botanical artists...Some of them being, watercolour, graphite, watercolour pencils and many more techniques. So pop along and join in the fun!

Now your probably wondering which of my pieces are going to be  exhibited? The title of the exhibition is, 'The Language of Flowers' I decided to focus on pollination for my paintings and here is a brief explanation of why I chose this subject and what connection it has with, 'The Language of Flowers'.

Pollination is the secret language of flowers…
The primary purpose of a flower is reproduction since the flowers are the reproductive organs of a plant, they mediate the joining of the sperm, contained within pollen, to the ovules — contained in the ovary. Pollination is the movement of pollen from the anthers to the stigma. The joining of the sperm to the ovules is called fertilisation. Normally pollen is moved from one plant to another, but many plants are able to self pollinate. The fertilised ovules produce seeds that are the next generation. Sexual reproduction produces genetically unique offspring, allowing for adaptation. Flowers have a specific design which encourages the transfer of pollen from one plant to another of the same species. Many plants are dependent upon external factors for pollination, including: wind and animals, and especially insects. Even larger animals such as birds, bats, and pygmy possums can be employed. This form of pollination is called Entomophilous: flowers attract and use insects, bats, birds or other animals to transfer pollen from one flower to the next. Often they are specialised in shape and have an arrangement of the stamens that ensures that pollen grains are transferred to the bodies of the pollinator when it lands in search of its attractant (such as nectar, pollen, or a mate). In pursuing this attractant from many flowers of the same species, the pollinator transfers pollen to the stigmas—arranged with equally pointed precision—of all of the flowers it visits. Many flowers rely on simple proximity between flower parts to ensure pollination.

The general assumption is that the function of flowers, from the start, was to involve animals in the reproduction process. Pollen can be scattered without bright colours and obvious shapes, which would therefore be a liability, using the plant's resources, unless they provide some other benefit. One proposed reason for the sudden, fully developed appearance of flowers is that they evolved in an isolated setting like an island, or chain of islands, where the plants bearing them were able to develop a highly specialised relationship with a specific animal. This symbiotic relationship, with an animal transferring pollen from one plant to another much the way bees do today, could have eventually resulted in both the plants and their partners developing a high degree of specialisation.

       These are the 3 paintings that were accepted for the exhibition
copyright © Julie Whelan

I'm now thinking about what I can paint for next years exhibition! Watch this space :)


Art By Vreeke said...

Just discovered your blog. Congratulations on your art being accepted into the exhibition! Love your blog but it is very hard to read with the white script letters on the back background :(

Julie Whelan DipSBA Botanical Artist said...

Thank you :) I have changed the clour of the text, is this better now? Thanks for pointing it out to me! X

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

These pieces look wonderful in their frames Julie. Loved the concept of pollination for the exhibition. Hope to see you there! xx

Julie Whelan DipSBA Botanical Artist said...

Thank you Jarnie :) Hope we meet each other at some point! X

shevaun said...

Congratulations Julie! I knew you could do it! Stay positive and keep painting! Xx Shevaun

Julie Whelan DipSBA Botanical Artist said...

Thank you Shevaun and congratulations to you too :) xx

Jessica Rosemary Shepherd said...

Well done Julie on getting excepted, hung and awarded! I think that is called a hat trick?! Great to see you yesterday. All the best.

Julie Whelan DipSBA Botanical Artist said...

Thank you Jess :) x