Craig Ledgerwood

About Craig Ledgerwood

The detail and accuracy of colour, form and texture that botanic artists have employed over the centuries has always fascinated me and, after numerous drawing and painting classes, I spent 7 years studying botanic art with Anita Barley. Exhibitions include The Art of Botanical Illustration, at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Botanica, at the Sydney Botanic Gardens, Capturing Flora, at Ballarat Art Gallery and a solo exhibition, An Inquisitive Eye, at the Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne. My work has featured on ABC's television's Art Nation and in Melbourne International Flower Show and publications include illustrations for Stephen Ryan's Dicksonia Rare Plants Manual.

Amanita mauscaria – Toadstools

Amanita mauscariaThis is a subject matter that attracts many artists and seems to bring out the child in most of us. In the autumn these fungi are a common feature of the old gardens around my district and erupt through mossy lawns with the first heavy dews or rains. Painting these are a real pleasure and fun to use washes to attain the sinuous orangey red of the Amanita’s top. I particularly enjoy the white spots that rise above the cap and the challenge of the gills. I felt it was important to capture these fungi in various stages as it changes its shape so remarkably.

Note from the editor:

Botanical artists are highly skilled, producing important records of botanical subjects. Their works of art are also visually appealing in their own right ; illustrations may be ink, watercolour, pencil, oils or a combination. The Gardening Magazine features Botanical Art and artists to promote their work, and to provide another platform to display these remarkable art forms.