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Leonie Norton

Calidris author - Norton, LeonieLeonie Norton is a practicing and exhibiting professional botanical artist, Sydney’s most prominent and highly qualified educator and one of Australia’s leading artists in her field.

She has published articles in Artist’s Palette, Australian Artist, Our Gardens Magazine, Queensland Homes and various local newspapers, as well as illustrating a series of botanical herbs inNature & Health Magazine since 2005.

Leonie has won many awards and exhibits widely. Her botanical paintings can be found in private collections in Australia and overseas.

Leonie teaches in community colleges, adult education centres and art centres and conducts specialised weekend workshops in Sydney on various topics, extensive workshops in New Zealand and teaches at week-long Summer Schools in regional NSW, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the UK.

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Leonie’s first book is entitled Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s (National Library of Australia, 2009). In it she pays tribute to the women flower painters and botanical artists of colonial Australia, who made enormous contributions to recording native plant life. The women enthusiastically recorded the unique antipodean flora in diaries, albums and sketchbooks. Several of these women painted subjects other than flowers; Women of Flowers is a celebration of their skill, interest and enjoyment in depicting Australian flora. Beautifully produced, it is sumptuously illustrated with material drawn from the National Library’s collections.