"The colliery is a kaleidoscope of colour 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 dull, brown spoil heaps and grey industrial features."
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)

Amanda's love of nature began on the Lincolnshire farm where she 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)

She studied BA(Hons) Graphic Information Design in London, MA Graphic Design in Leicester and Botanical Illustration at the University of Sheffield and has gained illustration and design skills and botanical knowledge through her studies and 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.
Please see EXHIBITIONS page for more.

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 illustrations for a book about wild flowers of the Peak District.

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.
Please see EXHIBITIONS page for details.

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

Illustrations on left and right and in centre, from top:

Common Poppy Papaver rhoeas
Corn Marigold Chrysanthemum segetum
Details from Cornfield Flowers

Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
Rosebay Willowherb Chamaenerion angustifolium
Details from Plants of the Urban Wasteland

Common Hawkweed Hieracium vulgatum
Details from Coal, Collapse, Colonisation

Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus
Hornbeam Carpinus betulus
Details from The Dispersal of Maple, Sycamore, Lime and Hornbeam Seeds

Tomato Solanum lycopersicum, Lemon Citrus limon
and Fig Ficus carica
Details from Fleshy Fruit- Surface Texture and Fleshy Fruit- Inner Structure

All illustrations by
Amanda Willoughby

(Copyright 1996 to 2019)

"In summer, the colliery yard is a wild flower meadow where honey-hued hawkweeds mingle with pompom-purple clover flowers and immaculate ox-eye daisies, whose snow-white ray florets and egg yolk-yellow fractal centres glow amidst delicate clouds of quaking grasses and masses of sticky cleavers."
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2015)