Showell BA SBA
Billy is an internationally known botanical painter and illustrator and tutor and is based in Kent in the UK. Originally Billy trained at St Martins School of Art in fashion design and illustration but after just a few years in the fashion business, she returned to her first love of painting and illustration. Her works are distinguishable by her striking, fluid and sometimes unusual compositions. She has won several botanical awards, an RHS SGM, several SBA Certificates of Botanical Merit and a Gold medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society as well as numerous ‘People’s Choice’ awards. Billy’s work is held in the collections of Kew Botanic gardens, the Hunt Institute USA and in the Shirley Sherwood Collection; her work is also held in many private collectors worldwide. Billy served as Co-President for The Society of Botanical Artists from 2018 -2021.
‘At the heart of my work is the love of plants, the love of watercolour and the desire to bring as many people to this art form as I possibly can. Over the many years that I have been painting and teaching, I have introduced the love of painting plants to huge numbers of budding painters. Sharing what I do is my passion and ‘loving what you’ do is my mantra. ‘Botany brings enlightenment and painting helps celebrate its beauty.’