Lizzie Sanders studied graphic design at Duncan of Jordanstone College & Design of Art in Dundee (1967-71) followed by an active career as a designer in the advertising industry in Italy and the USA. She returned to Scotland in 1983, spending seven years as a partner in an Edinburgh graphic design company. A keen gardener, she took some classes in botanical illustration in 1990 and has never looked back, eventually giving up graphics to concentrate on botanical illustration. Lizzie has lectured in Graphic Design at Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh art colleges and currently tutors the Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. She has exhibited work at the RHS Show in London three times and on each occasion was awarded a gold medal. In 2004 Lizzie was awarded the Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence by the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has two paintings in the Highgrove Florilegium, The Prince of Wales Charitable Trust. Other public collections include: The Shirley Sherwood Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library, London.
Her work is botanically accurate, painted meticulously in watercolour, using a dry brush technique. She aims to produce contemporary ‘graphic’ images, where neither art nor science is compromised.