LINDA PITKIN
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My lifelong passion for the living world has been explored through both art and science. I pursued a long career in insect taxonomy at the Natural History Museum, London, while also achieving success as a wildlife photographer underwater, with an interest in wild flowers too. Taking up botanical illustration draws on my experience in biology and photography. I paint in watercolour, and love to portray the amazingly diverse structures of plants in detail. In 2011, I became a member (now a Fellow) of Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society, and I have shown my botanical paintings with them, and at other exhibitions.

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QUALIFICATIONS
CBiol (Chartered Biologist), MRSB (Member of the Royal Society of Biology)

CAREER
Entomological research (insect taxonomy), Natural History Museum, London, 1967-2006
Freelance underwater photographer, 1983-

ART MEDIA
Watercolour, graphite pencil, pen-and-ink, photography

COLLECTIONS
Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society archive. Some of my paintings in the archive:

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London, 1973
The Royal Over-Seas League, London, 1978
Boot Düsseldorf, Germany (Boat Show) 2012 (underwater photography)
Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society: Plants of the Walled Garden, The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, TW16 6AB, 2014; RHS Botanical Art Show, London, 2015

Plus a number of exhibitions of underwater photography (one-person and group).

MEMBERSHIP
Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society (Fellow), 2011-
Royal Society of Biology, 1990-
Surrey Botanical Society, 2008-
British Society of Underwater Photographers, 1980
Women Divers Hall of Fame, 2003-

 

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Last updated 11-Aug-2018  L Pitkin