Teacher Directory: Jarnie Godwin


BSc(Hons), PGCE, MTcg, DipSBA(Dist), AssocSBA 

With a trained background in Architecture and Graphic Design, a career in teaching, a BSc and a Masters Degree along the way, I have always painted and now use these technical disciplines to influence my work as a botanical artist. My watercolour pieces have a contemporary feel, with strong colours, highly accurate detail and vibrant compositions, reflecting my love of design, and anything with an eclectic, quirky and fun appeal. In 2011 I left full time teaching and pursued my interest in botanical illustration gaining the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) Diploma in Botanical Painting with Distinction in 2013. In 2014, I gained Associate Membership of the SBA with my first submission to their Annual Exhibition and also became a Full Member of the Society of Floral Painters. 

Botanical illustration with its emphasis on accuracy and detail appeals to my technical skills and interest in structural forms, but also allows me the freedom of expression in the colours and composition of the natural subjects I now choose to paint. Working mainly in watercolour, subjects can range from humble vegetables with imperfect leaves, to the elegant iris and exuberant lily with their sensual, rich colours and striking forms, using many layers of translucent colour to capture their beauty and realism. Some of my latest pieces have been completed at an enlarged scale to really focus on the detail.

Since 2013, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in national and international exhibitions, and have a number of pieces in private collections. Current projects include the completion of a series of works for the Royal Horticultural Society, (RHS) annual botanical art exhibition, having being accepted by their picture committee in 2014. Teaching is still a very important part of what I do, and it is always a great pleasure to share my enthusiasm for botanical art and help others to enjoy and progress with their painting. In 2016 most of my tuition will be delivered via a dedicated subscription website, but I also continue to offer workshops, classes and study days at 'Squirrel HQ', my home studio in Hampshire UK.   


, Hampshire UK


Phone: 07979497146 Email: jarnieg@sketchbooksquirrel.com Website: http://www.sketchbooksquirrel.com


Watercolour and Graphite


The focus of my own work is with subjects that have imperfections, quirky features or something that just gives me great pleasure. My method of teaching allows each student to develop their own style, while introducing them to the techniques and principles of traditional botanical painting. Although I am not a trained botanist, I ensure my work, and that of my students has a strong emphasis on botanical accuracy, and always make research notes or sketchbook pages on each subject. A sketchbook is also something I like to introduce to students as I feel it assists greatly with the learning process and has a strong tradition with this form of painting style.


Teaches BotanyOwn StudioTeaches Adults


With nearly 10 years of experience in education, I find my laid back and fun style of teaching has also proved successful in the instruction of botanical painting. By using easy to follow terms, and placing emphasis on accuracy without jargon, students with little experience make good progress and feel comfortable with my encouraging and patient approach, while those with more knowledge grow in confidence with their own style. My online tutorials website offers subscribers a full archive of step by step tutorials, Sketchbook in Practice exercises, and practical Technique Tool Box video guides, along with regular tips sheets from Bitesize.