Niki has drawn, painted and loved plants since she was a child and, following a degree in Environmental Science and having a family, worked in the Botany Department of the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley in Surrey for many years.. The QEST scholarship enabled her to follow her interest in exploring new possibilities relevant to the needs of the 21st century botanist by using digital tools rather than a paintbrush. Now a freelance botanical illustrator, based in Guildford, Niki is keen to build on the values of traditional botanical art.
Niki is working on depicting our wonderful native British flora and she enjoys drawing attention to our often overlooked everyday plants, which are often thought of as familiar, but are often fascinating when looked at more closely. Her images have been used as book illustrations, book covers, diagrams and posters. Niki holds a RHS Gold Medal for her work and has exhibited at BGBM Berlin, the Linnean Society, RBGE Kew and the Garden Museum in London as well as at RHS Garden in Wisley. Most recently she received the prestigious 2018 Jill Smythies Prize awarded by the Linnean Society of London. Currently Niki is concentrating her efforts on making her composite illustrations interactive, but she is also using parts of her scientific work as inspiration for creating repeat patterns and 2D designs for reproduction on paper, leather and china and hopes to collaborate with other craftspeople in the future.