Instagram: @julies_botanicals 

August 2016

I often get asked ‘how did you do that?’ Though I explored this, in part, in my recent journal article ‘Bushland Beckoning’ in Landscape Architecture Frontiers, for me this still remains a difficult question to answer. As an artist, explaining how a work comes about is never entirely clear – even to myself. There is, of course, the technical process – what materials, techniques, and stages the work goes through. Then there is also the inspiration and the daily moments that both perceptibly and imperceptibly shape what happens on paper or canvas. This August I started an Instagram account @julies_botanicals . Though I’m not sure that it answers the question ‘how did you do that?’, I hope that this gives a small window into the process behind the art.


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‘Bushland Beckoning’ published in the international journal Landscape Architecture Frontiers (vol. 4, no. 2)

June 2016

This June’s issue of Landscape Architecture Frontiers centred on the theme ‘Habitat and Biodiversity’. As part of this issue I discuss my work and relationship with the North Head Sanctuary, one of the last remaining areas of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) in the heart of suburban Sydney. My article, ‘Bushland Beckoning’, discusses my work within this landscape, the species that inhabit this, and how this has informed my journey as an artist. You can download full article here: Julie Nettleton -LAF 160628. This international journal is produced by the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Peking University, China.



Julie Nettleton -LAF 160628

The Florilegium: The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Celebrating 200 years

June 2016

As part of the The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney’s bicentenary celebrations, this June 2016 The Florilegium Society published the book  The Florilegium: The Royal Botanic Gardens SydneyThis work is a major collection of contemporary botanical illustration, featuring the artwork of sixty-four artists, including my own. Forty-one Australian and twenty-three overseas artists have contributed by invitation one or more works of significant plants in the three Sydney botanic gardens. The paintings will be exhibited at the Museum of Sydney from July to October 2016, and at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at the RBG, Kew, during the first half of 2018.



Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Botanical Art Show, London, UK, 2016 – Winner, Best Painting in Show & Gold Medal

February 2016

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Botanical Art Show, London, UK, 2016 – Winner, Best Painting in Show & Gold Medal

Each year the Royal Horticultural Society hosts their annual botanical art exhibition – featuring the work of leading contributing artists from across the world. This year the London exhibition featured the work 33 international artists and over 200 paintings. Julie’s six-painting series, a study of the Grass Treesfeatured in the exhibition and was awarded a gold medal. Her painting Xanthorrhoea resinosa with Antechinus stuartii (native marsupial mousewas awarded Best Botanical Painting in show.

The Gardens

May 2014
ISSUE 100 (Autumn 2014)

The Gardens


Each year the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens Sydney host ‘Botanica’, Australia’s leading botanical art exhibition. The theme of this 2014 exhibition is The Art of Seduction: Plants and their Pollinators. Julie’s painting of Xanthorrhoea sp and Honey Bee was selected for the front cover of The Gardens quarterly magazine to promote the exhibition. The exhibition runs from Saturday 24 May until Sunday 15 June 2014 at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration

September 2013
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Hunt catalogue cover front

Hunt 14thPoster

In the Spring of 2013 The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, held its 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration. Julie’s painting of Banksia ericifolia, Heath-leaved Banksia, was selected for the cover of the exhibition catalogue and promotional material. Collectively, the exhibition catalogues contain the most comprehensive record available of 20th and 21st century botanical artists and illustrators.