Julia Trickey, whose botanical watercolours have won numerous awards including 4 RHS gold medals, has illustrated three sets of pictorial stamps featuring wild flowers of Great Britain for Royal Mail’s Post & Go series. The prints reproduced in this collection demonstrate the author’s penetrating knowledge of plant form and deep understanding of the interplay of light and colour, resulting in images that are vibrant with life and redolent of the emotional connection we all have with our national wild flowers.
An experienced tutor as well as an artist, Julia describes the processes by which her paintings are created from careful initial sketch to the patient building up of layers and attention to tiny details. Interested in the cycle of life and decay, Julia often depicts plant life which is past its bloom and yet remains beautiful with the intensity that accumulates just before decomposition sets in. Her pictures capture the transience of beauty and the vulnerability of life, making them so much more than ‘just’ an accurate record of our flora.
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