"My love of nature began on the Lincolnshire farm on which I grew up. Daisies and buttercups glistened in fields of gentle cows and sleepy sheep and billowing clouds of cow parsley jostled with swaying spikes of rosebay willowherb on the edge of a deep and mysterious wood. Luminous swathes of pure-white bindweed flowers clambered boldly over fences, as fragile violets hid shyly in hawthorn hedgerows and lofty poplars shivered and waved at expansive, cerulean blue skies."
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1998)

Amanda studied BA(Hons) Graphic Information Design in London, MA Graphic Design in Leicester and Botanical Illustration at the University of Sheffield. She has gained drawing, illustration, design and writing skills and botanical knowledge through her studies and her work.


Amanda is currently collaborating with the Friends of Hemingfield Colliery, interpreting the abandoned colliery and illustrating the plants colonising the site in the current period between its industrial life and its regeneration into a mining heritage centre.

"The old colliery is a kaleidoscope as the seasons spin around and conjure up spectacular displays of natural beauty on a site of industrial decay. In autumn, shivering, sunset-orange trees, tomato-red nightshade berries and pale lemon snapdragons dazzle against a backdrop of dull spoil heaps and grey industrial features. In summer, the yard is a wild flower meadow where honey-hued hawkweeds mingle with ox-eye daisies, whose immaculate snow-white and yolk-yellow florets glow amidst delicate clouds of quaking grasses and masses of sticky cleavers."
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)

Past projects include illustrations of endangered cornfield flowers to raise awareness of flower conservation work at Ryedale Folk Museum, interpretation panels about countryside management and nature conservation work of the National Trust in the Peak District, a plant alphabet celebrating the RSPB's restoration of Beckingham Marshes Nature Reserve and a North Pennines calendar.

Amanda has exhibited with the Campaign for Drawing, UK Coloured Pencil Society, Botanical Society of the British Isles, National Trust, Royal Horticultural Society, Society of Botanical Artists and Botanical Images Scotia. Exhibition venues include Cumberland Pencil Museum, Whisby Natural World Centre, London Natural History Museum, Ryedale Folk Museum, Ruskin Gallery, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Westminster Central Hall, University of Sheffield Library Gallery and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Kaleidoscopic Colours!
The Vibrant Hues of Flowers, Fruits and Seeds

Illustrations on top row:
Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas
Corn Marigold Chrysanthemum segetum
Details from Cornfield Flowers

Illustrations on second row:
Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
Rosebay Willowherb Chamaenerion angustifolium
Details from Plants of the Urban Wasteland

Illustrations on third row:
Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus
Hornbeam Carpinus betulus
Details from The Dispersal of Maple, Sycamore, Lime and Hornbeam Seeds

Illustrations on fourth and fifth rows:
Lemon Citrus limon
Fig Ficus carica
Tomato Solanum lycopersicum
Details from Fleshy Fruit- Surface Texture and Fleshy Fruit- Inner Structure

All illustrations by
Amanda Willoughby

(Copyright 1996 to 2007)