Botanical Illustration. Artist Codes: 1009-1013 SOLD. Completed between February and March 2010. Original water colours on Aquarelle Arches 100% hot pressed cotton rag paper. Unframed size 12″ x 16″.
I received the commission to paint five plants to feature in new ID signs at Marwell Wildlife’s Tropical World in November 2009. I visited the zoo to meet the commissioners and to view the plants in situ. I took resource photographs and received live material of the plants. I had to submit preliminary drawings for approval and all were accepted with only one minor alteration.
Marwell Wildlife seeks to address causes of extinction such as habitat loss and the over-exploitation of biological resources and to manage vulnerable populations of threatened species to ensure their survival. This is achieved through a range of species and habitat conservation programmes locally through Marwell’s base in southern England and internationally, with a particular focus in Africa.
Artist Code 1010: Fringed Hibiscus (Hibiscus schizopetalus). Genera: Malvaceae Origin: Tropical E. Africa.
A weeping tree hibiscus which grows rapidly and blooms freely. Flowers look like parachutes and can be recognized by the fringed and lacy petals which are bent backward. It is also known as Chinese Lantern and Japanese Lantern. It has slender and gracefully curved stems and will grow to a height of 6 to 8 feet with a spread of 5 to 6 feet. It is a very fast grower. Pruning helps to keep an abundance of flowers, which bloom sporadically all year long—flowers are formed on new wood.