Inspired by the natural world, Deirdre has always been fascinated with intricate details and perfect forms that the eye sometimes misses.
Watercolour applied to paper or vellum with a fine-pointed sable brush are traditional materials she uses to illustrate the complexities of the botanical world. She spent seven years researching Australia’s mangrove species for which she was awarded a PhD from the University of Newcastle. Deirdre has incorporated other elements into her compositions after artists’ trips to Gallipoli and the Western Front.
Her work is held in major collections including the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London: The Shirley Sherwood Collection, Oxford, UK: Parliament House, Canberra: Australia Post: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.