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Liz (née McMahon) graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee, with an honours degree in illustration and printmaking. On moving to South Africa she worked as a freelance botanical and wildlife artist including illustrating two books - A Fynbos Year and Between Two Shores (David Philip Publishers). All her paintings from Between Two Shores were acquired for the corporate art collection of FirstRand Banking Group, Johannesburg; a selection of paintings from The Smallest Kingdom are now in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, London. 

A number of paintings from The Smallest Kingdom is on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew, until 9th April 2012 as part of the Plants in Peril exhibition. In 2013, Liz's Haemanthus painting was included in the 'Botanical Art into the Third Millennium' exhibition at the Museo della Grafica, Pisa, Italy.

"Now living and working in Scotland, I currently juggle a career as an artist and a full time secondary-school Additional-Needs Teacher. My traditional approach to botanical painting has developed over the last decade and I now work almost exclusively in acrylic, as well as incorporating contemporary techniques such as digital imaging and screen printing".


Liz is a member of the Edinburgh Printmakers, The Friends of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW), and of the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA), where she has an artist's page.

Image above: Ghost Orchid Bonatea speciosa