Tanya Hoolihan

Her  journey down the path of becoming a botanical illustrator has been full of many unforeseen turns and detours. From an early age she always had a need to create – from macrame, string art, copper art, folk art, patchwork and leadlight. Although she enjoyed them all, she felt that none were a life long endeavour. 

She left in year 11 to work in the family business. In her spare time she continued her interest in art and enrolled in general art lessons at a local studio. She painted a variety of subjects and exhibited in local art exhibitions where she won several regional art prizes.

However, the increasing demands of running a business, newly married life and the arrival of her first son left little time for art practice and for a period of 15 years she put aside her paints and brushes for other priorities.

in 2004, she found myself back on track pursuing her creative passions. She stumbled across a feature article in the Australian Artist magazine, on botanical artists.

She joined The Central Coast Botanical Art Group (CCBAG) and learnt so much about watercolour as a medium and botanical art in general. She submitted work for the exhibition Flora.

In 2010 she was honoured to exhibit in the prestigious exhibition, Botanica, held by the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

In 2015, she submitted work for the RBG Florilegium . In 2018, the Dragons Blood Tree (Dracaena draco) was hung in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens.

PhD in Natural History Illustration allowed her to combine her love of Australian history, her German heritage and her passion for botanical illustration.

In 2015, she joined the Botanical Art Society of Queensland and she is constantly amazed at the innovative and forward approach the members of the society have towards botanical art.