Mally Francis - Botanical Artist

Mally Francis FLS

Mally specialises in teaching the art of painting flowers, vegetables and trees.

She is a Fellow of the Linnaen Society, the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and the Eden Project Florilegium Society

Mally Francis

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01726 844505

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Mally lives in an enviable location for a botanical artist at the centre of the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall adjacent to her studio where she has been holding regular weekly and short residential courses since 2000. In that year she became the Founder Chairman of the Eden Project Florilegium Society based upon the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society of which she was already a Fellow. Mally was elected as a Fellow of the Linnaean Society in 2012 in recognition of forming the Eden Project Florilegium Society.

Mally had the good fortune to be taught first in the late 1980s by Anne-Marie Evans FLS and she still follows her principals.  Away from her studio she also tutors botanical art at the Eden Project, the Bath Society, the South West Society,  Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, Truro Arts, Boconnoc House and Trengwainton Gardens in Cornwall. Mally teaches artists ranging from complete beginners through to advanced levels and two have been awarded Gold Medals in recent years by the RHS.  

Mally has organised a number of exhibitions in Cornwall for her art groups, the most recent commemorated the Heligan gardeners who died in the First World War by showing the flowers, vegetables and animal life with which they would have been familiar. She has also had her own work shown nationally and internationally.

She was commissioned by Heligan to produce the illustrations for the books Heligan Wild and Heligan Days.

Mally holds regular courses in her studio for three ten week terms each year with three groups per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, each group being of 10-12 students, some of whom have been attending for 15 years. She also holds 4 and 5 day courses for those who live too far away to attend weekly.

The courses are structured to allow everyone to receive a thorough grounding in the art of botanical painting. The skills range is immense but there is no competition in the classes as everyone can work at their own pace. Mally has a substantial library of botanical/painting books and a microscope for those who really want to know their subject in minute detail. 

A list of recommended art materials is supplied to newcomers, but there is no need to buy the whole lot immediately as Mally can often provide certain items if necessary to get people started. She also offers taster days to those who are considering whether it is the right course for them. Painting themes and subjects can be supplied or students can bring their own.

Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided and students bring their own lunch on the regular courses. A catered lunch is provided each day on the 4 and 5 day courses.

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