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The Smallest Kingdom - Plants and Plant Collectors at the Cape of Good Hope

The Smallest Kingdom - Plants and Plant Collectors at the Cape of Good Hope

The Smallest Kingdom is a lively account of the botanical exploration of South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom and the rich diversity of plants that this region has given to the gardens of the world.

Working in acrylics, my traditional approach to natural-history illustration now incorporates mixed media and digital imaging. The endpapers in The Smallest Kingdom are a combination of old and new. My botanical paintings are digitally interwoven with historical texts to create a rich tapestry of images and fonts that links the past with the present.

Detail from endpapers of The Smallest Kingdom
Endpapers of The Smallest Kingdom
Scarborough Lily from The Smallest Kingdom