Inky Leaves

Flower Paintings by Jessica Shepherd

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Self-identifying as the ‘Rebel Flower Painter’, Jessica R Shepherd is one of the world’s leading botanical painters, creating works that are known for their capacity to bring audiences closer to the mystical, the irrational and the sublime. By playing with light and scale and sounds, Jessica creates intimate, poetic engagements for her followers.

Around her creative axis spin ideas about longing and desire and being lost or overly confined. Her time devoted to a Masters’ degree in taxonomy allows her to blend a more logical, rigid understanding of the world with that of the mythological; crossing boundaries and producing works that are more holistic and poetic in their approach.

Jessica is also a writer, teacher and curator and collaborates with institutions, artists and scientists around the world. She established Inky Leaves Publishing in 2017 to promote the work of other artists in her field.

If you are interested in Jessica’s work, you can follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Proposals to exhibit Jessica’s paintings and all reproduction and commission enquiries can be made using the form at the end of this page.



Paintings on exhibition at Ellas Ilustran botánica
February 2022
Madrid, Spain

Blue Flower: Italy (field work and workshop)
TBC 2022

Five day workshop in Moclín, Spain
11th – 18th October 2022
(Places available – read more here)

Three day weekend workshop in Moclín, Spain
9th – 13th June 2022
(Places available – read more here)

Blue Flower: Greece (field work)
December 2021

Blue Flower: Portugal (field work)
October 2021

Paintings on exhibition at ‘The Botanical Rainbow’
17th May to 26th September 2021
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London

Paintings on exhibition at ‘Herbarios Imaginados’
January to March 2020
Madrid, Spain

Blue Flower: Cairo, Egypt (field work and workshops)
January 2020

Paintings on display in ‘Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art’
19th November 2019 – 15th March 2020
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, UK
The book can be bought here

Exhibition and a public talk at Space Mountain Festival
11th – 14th October 2019
Albuñuelas, Spain

Sun orchid paintings, The Long Gallery for Tarkine in Motion
18th – 29th July 2019
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

INKQ on display at the John Hope Gateway.
11th April 2019
Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, UK

Blue Flower: Europe – Switzerland and Ireland (field Work)
July – September 2019

Blue Flower: Australasia (field Work)
October – March 2018

Large painting on exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
6th October 2018 to 17th March 2019
London, UK

Talk in the library at the Real Jardín Botánico
11.00am on 27 April 2018
Madrid, Spain

Offical Launch of INK Quarterly, London
1st March 2018
London, UK

Guest Artist at the Moscow Watercolour Festival
20th – 22nd October 2017
Moscow, Russia

Artist in Residence
River Cottage HQ
17th – 29th June 2017
River Cottage, Dorset, UK

16th – 25th February 2017
Solo exhibition at Abbott and Holder,
London, UK

May 2016: Live painting demonstration at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Group exhibition The Incredible Exploding Pomegranate
15th July – 15th October 2015
Granada, Spain

February 2015: Appearance on BBC4’s documentary ‘In Search of Rory McEwen‘.
An excerpt of the programme can be watched via the video link below:

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