Inky Leaves

Botanical Paintings by J R Shepherd

Inky Leaves

What I do

I am a full time, practicing botanical painter who travels the globe for the best specimens for my detailed illustrations. I am constantly adopting new approaches in all of my botanical artwork to push the capacity for botanical illustration to bring greater awareness of the plant world, whilst inspiring people to think beyond their experience. I enjoy enriching people’s current perceptions of botanical art, its applications and how it sits within the larger scope of the visual arts.

If you are interested in what I do and want to work with me, you can contact Inky Leaves at the end of this page.



16th – 26th February 2017
Abbott and Holder, London
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Artist in Residence
June – July 2017
River Cottage HQ

In May 2016 I gave a live painting demonstration at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

In 2015 I made an appearance on BBC4’s documentary ‘In Search of Rory McEwen‘.
An excerpt of the programme can be watched via the video link below.

In 2014 I was invited by the RHS to set up a pop-up studio to demonstrate how I do my work at their RHS Botanical Art Show in Vincent Square, London.

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In 2013, my work was exhibited at the Espacio Gallery, London, as part of the Chelsea Fringe. Below left is a video made by Angelo Lumba for the Espacio Gallery during the exhibition.

Contact Inky Leaves

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For any questions about obtaining prints and originals of my work, please use the form below to send me a short message. I would be delighted to hear from you.

07904 449599