Oncidium Kaizumic Delight is a stunningly beautiful hybrid with a long branching inflorescence, baring large flowers with ruffled yellow sepals and petals with heavy chestnut markings.
This specimen was grown by 'Plantae Nursery', north of Pretoria in South Africa. The plant was loaned to the artist to illustrate for an exhibition at The Cape Orchid Society's 50th anniversary celebration in 2007.
Orchid flowers last a long time, so the inflorescence was a live specimen for the few weeks of painting, always a bonus. It has been one of those painting that has been good to have around as an example of one's work, partly because of the freshness of colour.
b. Kenya 1952
Gillian trained as a scientific illustrator at Middlesex Polytechnic followed by completing a Masters from the Royal College of Art. After working in Botswana she took up a position as the Artist in Residence at the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute. Gillian has participated in over ninety group exhibitions worldwide, including those of the Royal Horticultural Society in London (seven Gold and four Silver-Gilt Medals) and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her work is represented in the Shirley Sherwood Collection and she has won a Gold Medal at Kirstenbosch and a Jill Smythies Award at The Linnean Society of London. In August 1996 she presented then President Nelson Mandela with a painting of 'Mandela's Gold,' named after him.