About, Michael Lakin SBA SFP
Botanical Artist, Tutor, Demonstrator and Speaker.
Michael is passionate about Botanical Art and a keen gardener. Combining the two was a natural progression and his studio is surrounded by a well tended garden that provides much of his inspiration and specimens.
Michael's first one man exhibition was in 2003, held in Melbourne, Derbyshire, was almost a complete sell-out.
His work was selected for the annual exhibition in the Society of Botanical Artists in London in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and was awarded the Highly Commended Joyce Cummings Award for his portrait of Red Onions.
Michael has been elected a full member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) and is also a member of the Society of Floral Painters (SFP).
In 2006 Michael moved to Ticknall, in South Derbyshire and had a purpose built studio erected in stunning countryside on the edge of the National Trust's Calke Estate. White Hollows Studio is surrounded by flora and fauna, has ample parking spaces and is an ideal location to inspire his students.
Taught by the world renowned Botanical Illustrator Anne Marie Evans, Michael has been teaching Botanical Art for over twelve years, starting with evening classes for the WEA and then day and weekend classes at a local hall.
Demonstrator and Speaker
Demonstrations and talks to institutions and societies around the country on the history of Botanical art.