JENNIFER R. EPHRAIM
Jennifer was born in 1944, in Sydney, and educated in Sydney and the bush. Her early interest in plants was encouraged by her family, and she studied Botany for a year at Sydney University, before travelling overseas. For the next eight years she worked and travelled, doing a variety of jobs, throughout Australia, and Europe and the Middle East.
A self-taught botanical artist, Jennifer studied oil painting with Greg Turner for three years, and it was with his encouragement that she returned to painting flowers in watercolour in 1978. For many years she specialised in painting roses, and spent weeks working at Rumsey’s Rose Nursery, as well as in her own rose garden. Camellia studies followed at Davidson’s Nurseries at Galston NSW. In 1991 she began a series of paintings of flora from the coastal bushland of southern NSW, which culminated in an exhibition with the Royal Horticultural Society in London the following year.
Jennifer works only from live specimens, and her detailed and evocative paintings are in private collections in the UK, USA, Canada and the Middle East, as well as in Australia. She exhibits regularly at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens ‘Botanica—The Art of the Plant’ Exhibition, the International Flower Show in Melbourne, and is an exhibiting member of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, and the Botanic Art Society of Australia. She has had numerous one-man exhibitions, and has won a number of awards, including the Lachlan Valley Festival prize for watercolour painting. In 1992, she was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Grenfell Medal (Silver-gilt).