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11.09.2017 - New giftware on its way!

Holly is working hard on a new botanical watercolour giftware range - cushions, makeup bags, mugs, tea towels, trays and more - which will be unveiled at GIFTED, the Craft & Design Fair at the RDS, Dublin, 5th to 10th December. She has also been selected by Wicklow Local Enterprise Board to take part in Showcase at the RDS (for trade buyers) in January 2018. Watch this space!

Gold medal at Bloom 2017

13.06.2017 - Gold medal at Bloom 2017

Yippee! Gold medal at Botanical Art in Bloom 2017 for my watercolour painting Magnolia x soulangeana ‘Black Tulip’.

Meadow Tea Towel now available

25.03.2017 - Meadow Tea Towel now available!

So pleased with the quality of this tea towel now added to my range. Very high quality linen union (50% linen, 50% cotton), only €12 for sale in the Tea Towel section of my Shop page.

Plandai Exhibition

20.10.2016 - Plandaí Oidreachta - Heritage Irish Plants Exhibition

12th November to 6th December, 2016, at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. My painting of Iris lazica ‘Turkish Blue’ was part of this show alongside fabulous work by the other ISBA members.

Art in the Garden

19.10.2016 - Art in the Garden at Tourin House

My painting Dierama pulcherrimum ‘Painted Lady’ was part of this show of 27 super artists in the beautiful setting of Tourin House, County Waterford.

Water Colour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition

24.09.2016 - Water Colour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition

Very happy to be a newly accepted member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland! Putting the finishing touches to my latest painting, Hudson Treasure, which will be part of their 162nd Annual Exhibition, at the Concourse County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin from Monday 26th September (10am to 5pm daily) to Sunday 2nd October at 1pm.

Botanical Art at Bloom 2016

01.06.2016 - Botanical Art at Bloom 2016

It’s Bloom time again! From Thursday 2nd June to Monday 6th June 2016 Ireland’s largest garden festival, Bloom in the Park, takes place in Phoenix Park, Dublin. As part of the show, in the Visitors’ Centre, is an exhibition of 56 paintings of very high quality Botanical and Floral Art, with medals awarded for merit. I’m delighted that my paintings, Rosa ‘W.B. Yeats’, and After the Fire, have been selected for the exhibition.

Dactylorhiza 'Sir Simon Milton'

27.05.2016 - New orchid at Chelsea Flower Show

This painting was commissioned by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and is a newly-bred orchid, Dactylorhiza ‘Sir Simon Milton’ (Aristocrat x purpurella). The orchid has been launched at the Chelsea Flower Show 2016, growing in the Foundation’s Urban Connections Garden designed by Lee Bestall. The garden won a silver medal.

Sir Simon Milton was one of London’s most successful politicians, who believed passionately that the role of the city was to extend opportunity for all, young and old. The Sir Simon Milton Foundation was formed nearly 4 years ago in Westminster to continue the late Sir Simon’s vision of a caring city in which the young are helped to aspire and older people to thrive.

Earth Trove at the RHA

11.04.2016 - Earth Trove, now at the 186th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin 2

So happy to have my watercolour Earth Trove accepted into the 186th Royal Hibernian Annual Exhibition. To commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising, this exhibition has returned to its original earlier time of the year and is open to the public from Tuesday 22 March – 11 June. The objects in the painting were all found by me in the garden at Mount Slaney.

Tulip - silver medal winner

05.06.2015 - 3rd Annual Botanical and Floral Exhibition at Bloom in the Park

I am delighted that all my three paintings were awarded medals at the 3rd Annual Botanical & Floral Exhibition at Bloom in the Park. What a great show this year!

Aibitir - The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art

01.05.2014 - Inaugural Exhibition for the newly-formed Irish Society of Botanical Artists

Holly has two paintings currently in Aibitir: The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art. Over 70 artists are taking part in this fascinating show at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, open daily until Sunday 25th May, 2014. Prints of all images are available to purchase.

For more details, please see:

Auricula CW Needham

16.11.2013 - Botanical Watercolour Workshop at the Kennedy Gallery

Holly held a one-day botanical watercolour workshop at the Kennedy Gallery, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday 16th November 2013.

Holly was featured in the Sunday Independent Life magazine in July. Download a PDF (465kb) of the article here »

Sunday Independent July 2013
Coiled Ferns

05.07.2013 - Current Exhibitions and Summer Courses

Holly’s courses are over for summer 2013. Send a message to be added to the mailing list for information on future courses.

Holly is currently exhibiting in the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition at Ely Place, Dublin 2 (ends 17th August) and the Galway Garden Festival Botanical Art Exhibition, Claregalway Castle (ends 10th August).

Holly and Berries

26.11.2012 - Christmas Fairs

Holly held her first ever market stall selling cards, limited edition prints and more at Lisnavagh Christmas Fair on Friday 23rd November (5-8pm) and Saturday 24th November (11-5pm)

She also exhibited at the second weekend of the Killruddery Christmas Fair on Friday 30th November (4-8pm), Saturday 1st December (10am-6pm) and Sunday 2nd December (10am-6pm).

Exhibition Invite

03.07.2012 - Recent Exhibition - Mount Slaney Gallery and Studio Launch

On Saturday June 30th, Holly launched an exhibition at Mount Slaney Gallery of botanical works by renowned botanical artists, Patricia Jorgensen, Grania Langrishe, Belinda Northcote, Margareta Pertl, Yanny Petters, Susan Sex and Lynn Stringer.

The exhibition was opened by Patricia Butler, author of Irish Botanical Illustrators and Flower Painters and ran from the 1st of to the 8th of July.

Flower Watercolour


Flower Watercolour


Flower Watercolour