Elaine Musgrave and Susannah Blaxill: Stories from the Studio live at the Can Assist Southern Highlands Botanical Art & Illustration Prize 

STA were among the first to visit the Can Assist Southern Highlands Botanical Art & Illustration Prize at Retford Park this week. While there we had the pleasure to speak to two of the exhibiting artists Elaine Musgrave and Susannah Blaxill, both of whom are Southern Highlands locals who exhibit internationally.

The inaugural Can Assist Southern Highlands Botanical Art & Illustration Prize is presented by Can Assist Southern Highlands in partnership with the Botanical Art Society of Australia (BASA) and the National Trust. Find out more about the prize. 

This is a juried exhibition and prizes will be judged by Beverly Allen and Rick Shepherd. First Prize of $2000, Second Prize of $1000 and People’s Choice Award of $500 will be announced at the Exhibition Opening on Sunday 17th July at 11am.

We recommend a visit to see the extraordinary works in person to see the depth of colour and fine detail and support the fundraising efforts of CanAssist Southern Highlands.

See Retford Park opening hours this weekend.  Find out more about the work of Can Assist Southern Highlands.

Drawing and painting has been for me one of the great passions in my life. I first became interested in plants, their colour, form and structure during my early experience as a gardener, when I lived and worked in England. I was entranced by plant form and spent many hours observing and considering carefully the plants that I grew.

Find out more about Susannah at her website 

Elaine creates finely detailed botanical studies in watercolour and graphite. She is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney and her work is held in collections across the world.

Find out more about Elaine at her website 

Susannah Blaxill with her work Autumn strawberry and leaf, watercolour and gouache

Elaine Musgrave with her work 

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