Yvonne chose this Orchid for its intensity of colour and because the blooms last for a long time, facilitating the painting process.
This kind of "super accurate" botanical painting takes days and days of work. The plant is measured and the detail has to be perfect.
The paints used are the finest artists' quality available. The brushes Yvonne uses are hand made in Germany. The paper is hand made in France. Many layers of translucent paint are applied in order to get the intensity of colour - as many as ten layers on the darker areas. Yvonne does not use white paint (too opaque, can discolour) - the white of the paper is left to shine through in the paler areas.
The realism is achieved by the contrast of light and shade so that the plant looks three-dimensional.
Yvonne Glenister Hammond
b. London, England 1943
Yvonne took up botanical painting seriously in 1995 after taking the Diploma at The English Gardening School. She is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and a tutor on their ground-breaking distance learning course. She has been awarded two Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals for tulips and their bulbs, and a number of Silver-Gilt Medals. She is a founder member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Yvonne has exhibited in the UK, the USA, Germany and Australia.
Her work is in many private international collections as well as those of Shirley Sherwood and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Yvonne has three paintings in The Highgrove Florilegium.