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Omslag Boek

Een nieuwe orchidee aan de Noordzee

Author: Esmée Winkel
Publisher: KNNV Uitgeverij
Hardback, 64 pages
Publication: 23 february 2021
Language: Dutch

Hyacintorchis tells the story of an orchid species discovered in the dunes at Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Six specimens were found in March 2020 and captured on paper by Esmée Winkel. In her story she takes you with her to the discovery by Casper Zuyderduyn, ranger at Staatsbosbeheer, that day she sat in the cold sketching the plant, painting it, her methods, her paints and the interesting and sometimes bizar history behind these paints.

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Exploring Botany
My roots

Exploring Botany is Poland’s first exhibition that showcases the phenomenon of today’s botanical art, both European and Japanese. On view are atrworks by modern-day artists in the context of the oeuvres of old masters of botanical illustration, Basilius Besler, Crispijn van de Passe the Younger, Jacob Hoefnagel, Emanuel Sweert, Elizabeth Blackwell, and above all Maria Sibylla Merian. These are complemented by Hiroshige’s and Watanabe Seitei’s ‘pictures of flowers and birds’, which engage in surprising visual and narrative dialogue with the European works. It is anhonour to contribute three of my works to this exhibition!

Curators: Anna Król, Sylvia Peter

When: 05.11.2020 - 28.02.2021
Where: Museum of Japanese Art and Technology
Address: ul. M. Konopnickiej 26, 30-302, Kraków, Poland
Phone: 12 267 27 03
Opening hours: daily except Mondays, between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm (now closed until further notice)

ASBA book cover
Botanical Art Techniques
A Comprehensive Guide

Publisher: Timber Press
Hardback, 416 pages

Carol Woodin and Robin Jess, American Society of Botanical Artists, have made a beautifully illustrated, one-of-a-kind practical guide to a variety of techniques used in botanical art and illustration. I am honoured to contribute together with over 50 ASBA artists to this book. It features how-to tutorials from basic to applied to advanced for techniques such as graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor on paper and watercolor on vellum. Als included are a variety of specialized techniques and media such as metalpoint, printmaking, egg tempera, and others. Composition is covered in depth as well with examples to help artists understand and employ the principles. This book is a “must-have for creative people everywhere.”

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Heukels' Flora van Nederland, 24th edition


Author: Leni Duistermaat

Publisher: Noordhoff

Heukels’ Flora is the standard to go to for the Flora of the Netherlands. It is a unique book and a must have for all biologists, biology students and anyone interested. This new edition includes 2.500 species, 20% more than in the 2005 edition. The layout is now in colour making it easier to identify species and invasive and poisonous plants are more clearly indicated. This 24th edition has been revised and written by Dr. Leni Duistermaat, researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. It was an honour to contribute so many new illustrations!

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RHS Botanical Illustration - The Gold Medal WinnersFronypage

Author: Charlotte Brooks
Published: 5th June 2019
Published by: ACC ART Books ISBN: 978-1-78884-014-9

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Workshops Scientific Illustration: The Hortus botanicus Leiden organizes workshops on Scientific Illustration. During each workshop attention will be paid to specific botanical subjects, the biology of the subject and how to create an illustration. Also aspects like how to approach an illustration, shadow and composition will be dealt with. The teacher is Esmée Winkel, scientific illustrator at Naturalis Biodiversity Center.

The workshops have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

Time: 10.30-15.00 h
Where: Hortus botanicus Leiden
Entrance: 75 per workshop, €7,50 for Students (bring your student card).
Only limited space available!

For more information or to register for one or more workshops please visit the website of the Hortus by clicking: Hortus botanicus Leiden.


- Extraordinary orchids, Solo exhibition, Leiden, the Netherlands.
- 30 years Art in Cologne, group exhibition with Andreas Hentrich, Germany.
- 23rd Annual International, group exhibition, American Society of Botanical Artists and Wave Hill, USA.


- Pflanzendarstellungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst, Botanical Garden Vienna, Austria.
- Out of the Woods:  Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens, Venues:
* The New York Botanical Garden
* Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
* Foundry Art Centre
* Tucson Botanical Gardens
* Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



- Royal Horticultural Society, London, Gold Medal.
- RHS Lindley Library: Worth a Thousand Words, London, UK.
- "Florentia", International Exhibition of Botanical Art, Società Toscana di Orticultura, Firenze, Italy.
- World Wide Exhibition of Botanical Art, Dutch exhibition, Lisse, Netherlands.


- "Focus on Nature XIV", Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI), USA.
- The Margaret Flockton Exhibition, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia.
- The Beauty of Botanical Drawing, with the Art and Heritage Commision Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
- the 19th International Botanical Congress and Botanical art exhibition, Shenzhen, China.
- The Tradescants’ Orchard, an Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Paintings, London, UK. See also: An article by Katherine Tyrrell.

The Margaret Flockton Award

awarded Second Prize
for the pen and ink illustration of
Monanthotaxis pynaertii.

This illustration was made for the PhD thesis of Paul Hoekstra.


- Royal Horticultural Society, London, UK, Gold Medal.
- 19th Annual International, American Society of Botanical Artists, The New York Design Center, USA.
- The Illustration Biennial, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
- 18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli, California, USA.
- Bolbloemen onder de Loep, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists, Museum De Zwarte Tulp, Lisse, the Netherlands.
- Hermine van Bers Beeldende Kunstprijs, 2016, Honourable mention,
(jury report here).

American Society of Botanical Artists,

ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art.
ASBA Award


- 18th Annual International, American Society of Botanical Artists at The Horticultural Society of New York, the New York Design Center, New York, USA.
- "Flowering Bulbs and Tubers", The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, UK.
- "Botanisch tekenen de Midden Betuwe", 't Pakhuis, Hemmen, The Netherlands.


- “Focus on Nature XIII”, New York State Museum, USA.
- 21st World Orchid Conference, Botanical Art Exhibition, South-Africa.
- "16th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition", Filoli, California, USA.
- "Boek aan de Wand", TEAM Notarissen aan de Avenue Céramiques, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

  The Linnean Society of London,
Jill Smythies Award,
London 2014.
Linnean Library


- Royal Horticultural Society London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show: April 2013; Gold Medal.
- "Het Bloemenpaleis", Paleis 't Loo, the Netherlands, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.


- BOTANICAL IMAGES SCOTIA, Edinburgh, Scotland; Gold Medal.
- “Focus on Nature XII”, New York State Museum, USA, Jury Award.
- Botanical Bulbs, 't Huys te Dever Castle, the Netherlands, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.
- FLORIADE, World Horticultural Expo, Venlo, The Netherlands.
- “Siebolds flower garden”, Middachten Castle, Netherlands, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.

- “Botanical Moment”, Kasteel Duivenvoorde, Voorschoten.
- “Beauty in Science”, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
- “Siebolds flower garden”, Arboretum Kalmthout, Belgium.
- “Siebolds Blumengarten”, Japan Museum Würzburg, Germany.


- “13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration”, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
- “Focus on Nature XI”, New York State Museum, Albany, USA.
- 4th members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists, Town hall Capelle aan den Ijssel.
- “Siebolds flower garden”, Japan Museum SieboldHuis, Leiden.


- “Illustrations for botanical research”, Gorlaeus laboratorium, Leiden.
- Castle of Arcen, members exhibition of the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.