Hold nature in your hand and take a look at the intricate beauty within. Treasure our wildflowers and pollinators. It's so easy to just walk by..... Jackie Isard

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Jackie Isard (BA Hons) SBA Fellow CBM














Botanical illustration has been a passion of mine since I first took up the paint brush only a few years ago. My journey so far has been inspiring, rewarding and immensely satisfying. As I stroll through nature I see a whole new world opening up to me, the beauty of which words cannot describe but I hasten to say, it fills my heart and soul with a great deal of joy.

Jackie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Ravensbourne University in 1989. This was her career until a few years ago when she tried her hand at Botanical painting, now her present career. She is a self-taught artist passionate about flowering plants, nature wildflowers and pollinators. Painting the beauty of decaying plants is also one of her fortes. In her work she spends a great deal of time researching her subjects and studying their botany under a microscope to ensure she paints true botanical form. Her work is always very detailed and she strives for accuracy.

Jackie is at present working on an RHS exhibition entry based on Wet Meadow Wildflowers. Jackie is passionate about wildflowers, pollinators and nature preservation which is why she chose this theme for her RHS exhibition. Follow her RHS journey blog https://jibotanicals.com/. The most recent blog post is https://jibotanicals.com/2019/11/05/blog-18-rhs-research-journey-2019/

Jackie began running workshops in 2017 and online courses in 2018 as she loves to teach! Her courses are listed below. After she has completed her RHS exhibition paintings, which she hopes to exhibit in 2022, Jackie will be launching more online courses/workshops and be more available to teach.

“I have a great love for nature and flowering plants, especially our native wildflowers. I am passionate about the protection of our declining meadows and the survival of our beloved bees.”


In 2013 Jackie studied Garden Design and was awarded a Distinction. After doing this course her passion for plants and nature began.

Since 2016 Jackie has been recognised by the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and exhibited with them.

In 2016 Jackie was accepted by the Royal Horticultural Society to exhibit and is at present working on a project to exhibit in 2021.

In 2017 Jackie was awarded a CBM (Certificate of Botanical Merit) for her painting ‘Vessels of Life’ exhibited at the SBA show in London.

In 2017 Jackie started teaching Botanical and Nature watercolour courses at venues in Bristol and at the University Bristol Botanic Gardens in 2018. Jackie very much enjoys teaching and the rewards it brings. “I like to think I inspire, encourage and give confidence to my students!”.

Jackie launched two online courses in 2018 and intends to add to these in 2020.

In 2018 her painting of Origanum marjorana was featured in the book ‘The Illustrated College Herbal – Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618’ organised and published by Jane Knowles, Henry Oakley and Gillian Barlow.

In 2019 Jackie was awarded Full membership with the SBA becoming an SBA Fellow.

In 2019 Jackie was awarded the Margaret Granger Memorial Award for her Faded Protea neriifolia 'Snowcrest' painting at the SBA exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.

In 2020, Jackie wrote a book on colour mixing for the botanical artist 'Watercolour Mixing Techniques for the Botanical Artist' which is to be published by Crowood Press in March 2021. This will be available from all major bookshops, Amazon and from Jackie. She has also started a series of little mini-books all about botanical watercolour for beginners. The first was self published in November 2020, 'The Little Book of Watercolour for Beginners Botanical Artists'. Available from her Etsy shop as a printed book or pdf and also available on Amazon as an E-book.


Certificate of Botanical Merit - 2017

Margaret Granger Memorial Award - 2019

SBA Full Fellow Membership awarded - 2019


ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists)
SBA (Society of Botanical Artists)


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Blog: https://jibotanicals.com/


Contact Jackie for more information




I run a regular Saturday group in Bristol and workshops at various venues in the South West of UK. I am happy to travel within the UK and abroad if required. To register for any of the following courses, please contact me at jackieisard@googlemail.com or call 07813 864472.


A pdf version of the Brackenwood venue courses is available on this link.

Please email me to join any of the below courses.

Painting Autumn Colours - 2 day course 
Consecutive Saturdays - 17th & 24th October 2020 10-4pm £60 
Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Pill Rd, Bristol BS8 3RA
Watercolour experienced needed. Intermediate and experienced welcome

Follow on Day - 1 day course
31st October 2020 10-4pm £30 
Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Pill Rd, Bristol BS8 3RA
Beginners and experienced welcome

Painting Seashells - 2 day course
Consecutive Saturdays - 14th & 21st November 2020 10-4pm £60
Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Pill Rd, Bristol BS8 3RA
Watercolour experienced needed. Intermediate and experienced welcome

NEW Saturday morning regular group tuition - 7 students maximum 
Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Pill Rd, Bristol BS8 3RA
10am -1pm - £20 FULL
Beginners and experienced welcome
Relocated from my home studio to Brackenwood - Private tuition in a small friendly group (7 maximum) for botanical and nature watercolour. Demonstrations and one-one tuition. Amazing cafe and access to plants. To be added to the waiting list please contact me.
Dates below (these may be subject to change):

2020 - Social distancing in place and sanitizing equipment supplied

August - 8th, 15th, 22nd

September - 12th, 19th, 26th

October - 3rd, 10th

November - 7th

December 5th, 12th  weather permitting!

January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 
February - 13th, 20th, 27th 
March - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
April - 10th, 17th, 24th
June - 12th, 19th, 26th
July - 17th, 24th, 31st
August - 14th, 21st
September - 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
October - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
November - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
December 4th, 11th weather permitting!


Advanced Colour Mixing - TBC 10-4pm 1 day course - £30
Brackenwood Plant & Garden Centre, Pill Rd, Bristol BS8 3RA
Experienced watercolour painters

More to follow


Fine Detail & Finishing Techniques - 2 day course TO BE ADVISED (Covid stopped play!)   GSBI Churchdown Community Centre, GL3 2JH (upstairs room) 10am-4pm
Experienced watercolour painters
BOOK directly with the GSBI (Gloucester Society for Botanical Illustration)

Autumn treasures from the garden
- 3 day course 
Friday 27th November - Sunday 29th November  
RHS Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8HP (upstairs room)
10.30 am-4.30pm

Suitable for all abilities
BOOK directly with Rosemoor Gardens
Students will be shown how to create three-dimensional form by building up transparent layers and fine detail using different watercolour techniques. Jackie is offering an opportunity to work either on paper or vellum (vellum is not supplied but please feel free to bring it if you want to have a go).


UK and International students are welcome. The slightly higher price for internationals is only due to postage costs.

ONLINE Mixing Watercolour Accurately Course for Botanical £105 UK & Internationals
For Beginners to Intermediate.

Colour mixing can be tricky. This course teaches you the skills to 'see' colour and mix watercolour more accurately for Botanical painting. Video tutorials and a Secret Facebook Student Group. Helpful and friendly tuition all through the course. Full appraisal and certificate at the end of the course. You can join at any time, this is an ongoing course
Link to Course outline pdf

Please contact me to register jackieisard@googlemail.com

ONLINE Paint a Peacock Butterfly Course - £75UK /£85 Internationals
You can join at any time, this is an ongoing course with no deadlines
Love butterflies? This course teaches you how to master the detail and paint your very own beautiful Peacock Butterfly.
Watercolour painting experience is required.
Link to Course outline pdf

Please contact me to register jackieisard@googlemail.com
For more details please see the following links below:


ONLINE Fine Details & Finishing Techniques Course £125 UK & Internationals
Fine Details & Finishing techniques Online course. You can join at any time, this is an ongoing course with no deadlines.
Watercolour painting experience is required. Intermediate standard.
Link to Course outline pdf

This course contains extensive course notes with lots of useful tips and techniques for you to learn. You will practice these, with full guidance, and at the end of the course paint your own small chosen subject. Colour is key to good botanical painting so the course also concentrates on helping you with this. Appraisals are done every step of the way. The course includes helpful advice on colour mixing and application too. Video tutorials and a Secret Facebook Student Group. Helpful and friendly tuition all through the course. Full appraisal and certificate at the end of the course. You can join at any time, this is an ongoing course.  Please contact me to register jackieisard@googlemail.com


ONLINE Advanced Mixing Watercolour Accurately for Botanical Course 
£125 UK & Internationals
Experience is required. Intermediate standard.​
This course is planned to start in Spring 2021. It will cover more advanced mixing techniques using primaries, layering for vibrance and depth, colour enhancement, colour temperature transition - warm to cool, botanical greys and how to create those tricky shadows. Video tutorials and a Secret Facebook Student Group. Helpful and friendly tuition all through the course. Full appraisal and certificate at the end of the course. You can join at any time, this is an ongoing course. A full course outline will be available soon. You can join at any time, this is an ongoing course. 

ONLINE Wet-in-wet technique for Botanical Course for BEGINNERS  & INTERMEDIATE
£105 UK & Internationals
Watercolour experience required.
This course is planned to start in early Spring 2021. It will teach you the skills to use wet-in-wet technique with more confidence. Extensive course notes and video tutorials. Expert guidance and tutoring. Produce you very own painting with my help all the way! 
Link to course outline

Keep a look out.... More courses will be launched in 2021

GIFT VOUCHERS - The perfect Christmas or birthday gift!
Watercolour experience is required for all courses.
Mixing Colour - Beginners & Intermediate standard. £105 UK & Internationals
Fine Details - Intermediate standard only. £125 UK & Internationals
These courses run all year round so you can join at any time. No deadlines, work at your own speed. Full speedy appraisals and professional tuition throughout.
If you know someone who would love to receive one of these, please contact me to purchase. Delivery of your voucher will be personalised and sent to you via email. It can then be printed out and enclosed in a card. Contact me by email.


'Watercolour Mixing Techniques for the Botanical Artists' is launching in March 2021. A new and innovative way at mastering watercolour mixing! Published by The Crowood Press. Available to pre-order and from March to purchase online via Amazon and major book stores.

IT'S HERE! 'The Little Book of Watercolour for Beginner Botanical Artists' - A self published mini guide on how to use watercolour is available now as a min printed book, a pdf or via Amazon as an e-book. It covers water to pigment balance, brush types and uses, using a palette, exercises to improve your brush skills and painting techniques. If you are new to watercolour painting, it will help you on your way! Visit my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/jibotanicalsGifts or
Contact me by email to purchase.

The Little Book of Watercolour for Beginner Botanical Artists book by Jackie Isard


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Award winning 'Vessels of Life' 
CBM - Ceritifcate of Botanical Merit

A few from students who have completed the 
Online Colour Course

If the mind, soul and eyes can truly 'see' colour,
the paintbrush will reveal all the beautiful hues of nature
Jackie Isard

“Today I have completed the Jackie Isard Colour Mixing course. I'd like to say that she is the best teacher in the world! You are the teacher I never had. Even though I have completed a diploma course with a nice degree, I was struggling with colours. Now I can say that I know how to proceed to 'read' plants. Her course is absolutely perfect for understanding colours. I do recommend it for all of you interested in botanical painting. Thank you Jackie! You're simply the best!!" Anna

“I wanted to learn from Jackie the day I first saw a pic of her painting on FB. Her painting was highly detailed and showed a certain sensitivity to colour. Fortunately for me, Jackie announced an online course a few days later. I paid up for the ‘Mixing colour accurately course’ but was a bit skeptical of learning online. Having completed the course, my doubts stand dispelled. The course content, the exercises and the patient online appraisal of the exercises by Jackie, all made for good learning. I recommend the course to anyone on a tight budget. It has taught me a structured way to test a colour and it’s mixing possibilities.” Raashmi


“Mixing colour accurately is exactly what this course has taught me and a most enjoyable process too. Very much a novice, the notes were clear and easy to follow. The feedback was prompt and very helpful. All in all – Brilliant, Thanks Jackie” Sylvia

“At last! I now approach colour mixing in a more organised and knowledgeable way. I now search for ‘many’ colours within a plant and have gained the confidence to closely match them. This course should be compulsory for all Botanical artists. Jackie is a knowledgeable and encouraging tutor who responds quickly to your questions and posts on the dedicated group page.” Christine

“Thank you for the very clear instructions, I read them all and watch all the videos, they are all very useful and easy to follow. Jackie Isard you are great artist and a great teacher too!” Mari

“I am very pleased with this course! After all the exercises and tasks, I finally began to see colour and understand how to mix it. I liked the fact that I had not only charts of colours but even in the end practical tasks for a better understanding of colour on real leaves and flowers. Separately it will highlight the fact that Jackie responded very quickly to questions and supported me throughout the course. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn how to mix watercolour accurately for botanical” Svitlana

“The course material for this colour mixing course is structured, interesting and clear. The exercises explained well and the extra videos and Facebook group tips are a bonus. I have learned to look further than ‘first sight’ when looking at a plant. A green leaf is not just green but a myriad of green tones and hues. What I most appreciated was Jackie’s personal support and the speedy replies with appraisal. It is an important motivator when working online.” Hilde

“Jackie this has been a challenge for me but with your kindness and patience, I got there. Not just achieving the completion of the course, but having learned so much along the way - As a complete beginner I gained experience in holding the brush, the amount of pigment to water to use and the joy of colour alchemy. You have inspired me to work harder and move forward. Thank you so much.” Susan

“Thank you Jackie for providing such an invaluable guide to accurately matching colour for anyone wishing to improve their botanical watercolour painting. You explained how to look at a plant and identify correctly which pigments to choose, how to mix and apply them to achieve the best results. I welcomed your feedback, offering expert advice and guidance when required, helping me gain confidence in my abilities at each step of the way through the well structured lessons. Thank you again, I look forward to participating in further courses with you” Vicky

"I did enjoy the course immensely and was so pleased with how much I learnt by following the format and system of colour mixing that you have designed.  I appreciated the calm and informative way you communicate in the videos because, while books are helpful, and I have a few, there’s nothing like being able to watch a technique carried out by an accomplished artist. I can now refer to my charts as a valuable starting place instead of flailing about trying every pigment I have, also quite a few, saving time and paint. There is still so much more to learn but this course is a wonderful way to gain the knowledge and confidence to encourage us, as fledglings to go as far as possible." Susan

For more information about this course go to: 


A few from students who have completed the Online Fine Details & Finishing Techniques Course

“Words fail me and I cannot thank you enough for all your help and marvellous feedback..I think for me the feedback and support was the highlight of the course - it was so tailored to my needs which is exactly what I needed. Your support was invaluable, especially at a time when I nearly gave up. You gave me huge amounts of confidence (I wish could bottle that up!). In terms of content, again this was of a superb quality.....The course made me think on many different levels and definitely expanded my range of skills. The course was the best I have ever taken. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help." Nathalie

“I have just finished Jackie's online fine details course. I highly recommend it to anyone like me who wants to learn and refine the techniques of mixing colours and precision of the brush to be able to paint details in an impeccable way. I learned a lot and thanks to this course, I managed to do works that I never thought I would paint. The passion in finding the colours of the subject and the fun in finding different shades conveyed to me. Thanks again for everything." Donatella

“Courses focussing on aspects of fine detail and finishing techniques are offered so infrequently and I was, therefore, delighted when I saw this one advertised. I found the resources provided for the course to be very good. The details included in the course notes are interesting, wide-ranging and relevant to the subject in question. The videos are extremely helpful, particularly in emphasising that painting at this level cannot be hurried. I am sure many people do not realise how such attention to detail, even in a very small area, can have such a significant effect on the final result; this is so clearly illustrated during the course.....Through Jackie's knowledgeable commentary, in her tutorial videos, students are encouraged to look closely at, and really see, the subject they are painting. I would have no hesitation in recommending this course. It has helped me to adopt a fresh approach when deciding on colour selection and mixing. It has also reinforced the need to observe carefully and accurately before applying brush to paper." Joan

Students reviews from venue courses




I always learn a lot from your courses and wish I could do more of them Fiona

“Excellent teaching, lots of assistance and helpful demonstrations

I really enjoyed being guided step-by-step through the stages which filled in all the gaps in my own knowledge of the techniques covered. Thank you Jackie! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of today. It has been very insightful and you're a fantastic teacher Lauren

Thank you for the tuition that helps us all progress and the friendly way you encourage everyone along Freda

Loved the teaching and learning a new way of painting - you were really encouraging and inspiring Holly

I really liked the format of this 'Follow on Day'. I was able to discuss my current work and Jackie helped me to solve my problems. Thanks Jackie for all your excellent suggestions. Ann

I learn so much every time! Jackie has a lovely teaching style. Helpful and encouraging. I always grasp new techniques. Fran

For more details about my above courses please see the following links. See above for listing. To register, just contact me!

A selection of workshop photos...


teaching brackewood
Autumn Leaves Workshop
Mixing Colour Accurately Course
Seedheads Course
Bristol Botanical Garden Workshop
Butterflies & Moths Course
Butterflies & Moths Course
Autumn Leaves Workshop
Berries Workshop
Brackenwood Venue Workshop
Jackie demonstrating
teaching brackewood
Autumn Leaves Workshop
Mixing Colour Accurately Course
Seedheads Course
Bristol Botanical Garden Workshop
Butterflies & Moths Course
Butterflies & Moths Course
Autumn Leaves Workshop
Berries Workshop
Brackenwood Venue Workshop
Jackie demonstrating

'Purple Princess'
Centaurea scabiosa
Greater Knapweed Dissected

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them" John Ruskin


Botanical & Nature Artist and Tutor

Based in Bristol, UK


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