Bienvenue dans l’atelier de Sandrine Maugy

Welcome to my studio

I started painting botanical subjects when my enjoyment of gardening, fascination for colour and passion for painting suddenly collided. I started with Botanical Illustration and slowly drifted towards Botanical Painting, using composition and intense colours to create contemporary plant portraits.

In 2002, I was lucky to be noticed at my first exhibition by plantsman Roy Lancaster. “Ever since I spied a painting of Sandrine’s in a local exhibition and bought it, I have admired her developing talent for the careful depiction of wild and garden flowers, fruits and plants. She regularly visits my garden, producing paintings of rare and unusual plants some of which hang in our home, admired by visitors.” Roy Lancaster.

This was the beginning of a wonderful adventure…

The blog pages work together with my free YouTube channel Atelier Sandrine Maugy, where you can find a range of videos, including some demonstrations, tutorials, art materials testing and garden/exhibition visits.

I also have a subscription channel on Patreon (please click here to have a look) where I post longer paint-along video tutorials, downloadable PDF tutorials and behind the scenes videos. Members on the high tier also have access to regular online live classes.

I am a fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists, a member of the Association Of Illustrators, La Société Française d’Illustration Botanique and the Society of Authors.

Since 2005, I have been writing regular articles for Artists & Illustrators Magazine, more than 50 to date. I was featured on the cover in June 2009.

My first book, Colours of Nature, was published in 2013. The second book, Botanical Watercolours through the Seasons, came out in July 2022.

I have been teaching Botanical Painting for the illustrious West Dean College since 2005.

I run an ethical art practice, trying to respect the natural world that gives me so much inspiration. I also use only cruelty-free art materials and vegan products.

My inspiration comes from nature and the ephemeral beauty of plants, with a particular interest in colour and light. My favourite subjects are flamboyant tulips, roses, Hydrangeas, pears and quinces and all kinds of fruit followed by dead leaves when the autumn comes.

Happy painting!