Join Parisian-born botanical artist Catherine M. Watters for a virtual lecture on the fascinating history of this timeless art form dating back to 1500 BC. The lecture will focus on several noted artists and their work as well as several important florilegia - collections of botanical paintings depicting the plants growing in a particular garden or collected during a voyage of exploration.
Born in Paris, Catherine is a botanical artist and instructor. In addition to her private classes in the San Francisco Bay area, she teaches at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Wellesley College near Boston and in France. She taught at Filoli in Woodside, CA, for 20 years where she co-developed the Botanical Art Certificate Program. Since Spring 2020, she has been teaching classes on Zoom.
Her paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Sydney, Australia; the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Parc de Bagatelle, Paris; Florence, Italy; the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; The Horticultural Society of New York; Filoli and the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley, CA. Her work is included in private collections including the Alisa and Isaac Sutton Collection and permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Filoli Florilegium, Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium, Alcatraz Florilegium, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Florilegium, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
Co-founder of the Alcatraz Florilegium in San Francisco and the Château de Brécy Florilegium in France, Catherine’s paintings are featured in several books in the U.S. and in France: ‘Rare Lilies of California’ (CNPS), ‘Pruning’ (Sunset), ‘Western Garden Book’ (Sunset), The Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System (UC Press), ‘Une Histoire des Fleurs’ (Perrin), ‘Le Langage des Fleurs’ (Perrin),‘Le Florilège du Jardin de Brécy’ and ASBA’s ‘Botanical Art Techniques’ book published by Timber Press, 2020. Her paintings have been featured in several magazines including Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, Horticulture, Victoria, Flower, Public Gardens, and Hommes & Plantes.
Catherine serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and The Red List Project. In addition, she is a member of The Florilegium Society of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia and the Association des Passionnés d’Illustration Botanique in France. She has juried several international exhibitions and frequently gives lectures on ‘The History of Botanical Art’. Catherine received her B.A. and Teaching Credential from U.C. Davis where she studied French and Art.