Originally Billy trained in fashion design and illustration, she quickly turned to her first love, painting and illustration. Her works are distinguishable by her striking, fluid and sometimes unusual compositions; she has won various botanical awards, an RHS SGM, 7 SBA Certificates of Botanical Merit and a gold medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society as well as many awards for ‘People’s Choice’. Billy’s work is held at Kew Botanic gardens, the Hunt Institute USA and one in the Shirley Sherwood collection; her work is also held in many private collectors worldwide. Billy has also created over 100 species illustrations for the International Fragrance Federation and has painted many illustrations for commercial food companies.
In late 2018 Billy became the President of the Society of Botanical Artists and in late 2019 she invited Gael Sellwood to share the role, they remained in that role until September 2021. Alongside Billy’s painting and illustrating, she is also a prolific teacher. Teaching at her studio and regularly across the UK as well as America, Russia and Australia and many more. Passionate about sharing her tips and skills, Billy has produced four best-selling books on her painting style.
The Billy Showell school of Botanical Art was set up to help Billy reach students worldwide in order to share her knowledge and love of the medium and genre.
Join Billy and enjoy learning the process of watercolour and botanical watercolour art! I will hold your hand but also encourage you to take the steps to paint to perfection.