mcghee BA, Ed.Dip.BI, GM

art & design

'Spear Thistle ' Special Merit Award 'Nature' 2016 45cmX61cm w/colour Clare McGhee


RHS Gold Medal

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I work principally in pencil, watercolour and gouache.


I am always striving for a dynamic realism and vibrancy in my work. My aim is to re-examine what we perceive to be ordinary and transform it into the extraordinary.


Trained as a designer, design is fundamental to my pieces. I want to create that ‘wow’ factor using heightened realism in a powerful 3-dimensional way. I am constantly exploring new and exciting ways of portraying subjects, extracting and isolating the essential details and revealing its enduring fascination.


Susannah Blaxill, a wonderful Australian Botanical Artist


Scott Gustafson a truly great American Artist and Illustrator


And other greats - Salvidor Dali, Norman Rockwell, Alan Lee, Walt Disney

I graduated in 1991 with a Degree in Interior Design from Edinburgh Napier University and subsequently worked for many years as a senior designer for a contemporary design company.


Drawing and painting for me has always been a passion and I continued to further my art studies at Edinburgh College of Art before concentrating on Botanical pieces. Why Botanical Art? Well to be honest I never really thought about specialising in this form of Art but when the opportunity arose in 2007 to study a new Diploma in Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh I decided to give it a go. It was to be an 'instinctive' choice as I have always been 'drawn' to nature and I particularly love working in fine detail.  


I graduated with Distinction in 2009 &

then went onto receive an RHS Gold

Medal for a collection of 8 Vegetable

paintings in March 2010. Several

paintings are now in the RHS Lindley

Library Collection and others are  in

private collections. I was made an

Associate with the SBA - Society of

Botanical Artists in 2011.





Clare- painting 2_opt