Mali Moir

About Mali Moir

Mali Moir is a professional Botanical, Scientific and Natural History artist for over 20 years; she also teaches botanical art at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Golden Cedar scale, Cedrus deodara ‘Aurea’

Cedar_scale-Cedrus deodara 'Aurea' -  Mali Moir

This Golden Cedar scale was painted for the Botanica Exhibition held at Sydney Botanic Gardens. The specimen came from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne where I work as botanical art teacher. Last year we used this species as a term project and I particularly loved the heart shapes and the golden shimmer of the scales. The exhibition brief was to incorporate the plant’s pollinator, I used the naturally occurring hole and flowing colour lines in the vellum to represent the wind. This work is painted with water colour on vellum, my most favorite medium where I enjoy rendering the finest details.

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 the artists to promote their work and to provide another platform to display these remarkable art forms.