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Worthington, Susan

SUSAN WORTHINGTON MNZM
BA. Dip.A Hons. Dip. EGS. Dip.Tchg

Biographical Note

Ms Susan Worthington is one of the world’s leading botanical artists and is the only New Zealander to have contributed three works to the Highgrove Florilegium, sponsored by the Prince of Wales Trust.

Recently two of her paintings where selected for inclusion in the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wale’s Foundation Romania to record in a permanent way the flora of Transylvania.

She has produced two major sets of botanical works of the sub-tropical Vireya rhododendrons and the large leaf species growing at Pukeiti.

She studied botanical art in London and is the only New Zealander to achieve the English Gardening School Botanical Painting Diploma with Distinction.

She has been awarded four silver medals by the Royal Horticultural Society for her works in botanical art displays at the 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009 BBC Garden World Shows.

Six of her paintings where used by New Zealand Post for a set of stamps in 2004. Her paintings feature in collections at the Royal New Zealand Navy Museum and the New Zealand Army Museum. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanic Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth held a solo exhibition of 50 of her paintings in 2007.

The Large Leaf Rhododendrons are currently being published in England by Addison Publications.