Marsh, Meadow, Mine, Moor and Metropolis

Illustrations of the wonderful world of plants and their many habitats

Amanda Willoughby is an artist with a love of nature and an interest in illustration as a means of drawing attention to the beauty and necessity of plants and to the importance of their conservation. She has a background in graphic information design and has utilised her skills on several nature conservation and interpretation projects.

Amanda's work was awarded the Lyra Award at the UK Coloured Pencil Society's Annual Open Exhibition in 2003 and the Certificate of Botanical Merit Award at the Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Open in 2004.

She has also won two Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals (for excellent draughtsmanship, painting skills and scientific accuracy) for work exhibited at the RHS London Flower Shows in 1997 and 2002.

In September 2016 she was the First Prize winner in her category at Art in the Gardens in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Amanda exhibits her work on a national level and her illustrations have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and books. She works to commission and can be contacted on the link at the foot of the page.

Top left and right: Curled, Crinkled, Folded and Furrowed
Bottom left and right: Lemon and Tomato-apple
Illustrations by Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 1996 to 2016)


Metal-tolerant Plants of Abandoned Lead Mines

A visual record of heavy metal-tolerant flora of abandoned lead mines in the North Pennines and the Peak District.

Coal, Collapse, Colonisation
An illustration and interpretation project in collaboration with the Friends of Hemingfield Colliery, inspired by the collapse of industry on the colliery site and how this has facilitated colonisation by nature. Click here to read more!


Art in the Gardens
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
September 3rd and 4th 2016

Metal-tolerant Plants of Abandoned Lead Mines
The Royal Horticultural Society London Botanical Art Show
February 27th and 28th 2015

Marsh, Meadow and Metropolis
Solo Show
Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough
December 13th 2014 to January 22nd 2015

Ebb and Flow
The Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park
October 5th to November 2nd 2014

Top left and right: Plum and Walnut
Bottom left: Drawing in Upper Weardale! July 2012
Middle right: Detail from D is for Dactylis glomerata
Bottom right: Leaf detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland - Coltsfoot
Illustrations by Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 1996 to 2016)

Please click here to contact Amanda