I was very excited when I heard of the ABBA Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition planned for 2018. The objective is to include paintings of  native plants from all the participating countries. I decided that I would like to paint a Babington’s Leek as these grow near the coast in Cornwall and they are quite striking and unusual plants. I have seen these them growing on one of the botany walks which my friend, the well-known botanist, Keith Spurgin leads for the Eden Project Florilegium Society so I asked him if he knew where I could find one. As it happened, he had one growing in his garden in Truro so that was the first problem solved! He kindly let me have a full grown one and some smaller ones to plant. The second problem was how to illustrate a six foot tall plant on a piece of paper only about a third that size. I determined that it would be a case of showing all parts but overlapping them so that all the essential bits could be seen.

When it was complete my husband photographed it and I sent the image off for assessment with a feeling of some trepidation. I was therefore thrilled and honoured when I found that it was being used by ABBA on their Facebook page as well as on flyers, posters and associated publicity material for the Exhibition.