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Rosemary Wise


Rosemary joined up with FFR lead artist to complete a month long residency with a focus on edible cacti, including species of agave and nopal. This activity took place between the fields of Morelos and the Oaxaca, where Rosemary worked from plants in the landscape as well as the prestigious collection in the Botanical Gardens. 

Rosemary has been employed as botanical artist for the department of Plant Sciences in Oxford since 1965, and is also associate member of the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Rosemary has illustrated many books and scientific papers, and assisted with undergraduate teaching. She has accompanied expeditions including Bolivia, Ethiopia, Grenada, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, Portugal, Scandinavia, Seychelles, Spain, West Papua and Papua New Guinea. She has run courses, mostly in watercolour techniques, at Oxford Botanic Garden and has also conducted illustration courses for botanists in Bolivia, Sweden, Kenya, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia.

"Travel has been an important aspect of my career, again with very varied tasks." For example:  "I travelled in Northern Peru with Terry Pennington to provide a series of watercolour plates to accompany my 917 line drawings for his book 'Trees of Peru'".


"How wonderful it is to illustrate a new species on the very day that it is collected."


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