The Botanical Artists of Canada awarded Maeve Hughes (my sister) the Juror’s Choice for Proficiency in Colour Pencil on Nov 3, 2012 at The Papermill Gallery in the historic Todmorden Mills, Toronto. Acceptable mediums included watercolour, graphite, colour pencil, oil, acrylic, mixed media, water-based media, scratchboard, ink and pastel. To Maeve’s delight, all three of her entries passed first round qualifications, allowing her into the juried exhibition. Of 80 finalists on display, her entry, Rosehip, won one of nine prizes.
Although artistic all her life, Maeve’s interest in the unique disciplines of Botanical Art started only two years ago. Botanical illustration encompasses both science and aesthetics, portraying plants with precision and a level of detail recognized and distinguished from another species.
Todmorden Mills has a long history in East York. Now a beautifully renovated gallery and theatre, the much beloved landmark is easily recognizable by its tall smokestack beside the Don Valley Parkway. In attendance, a large and enthusiastic patronage enjoyed well-defined, precise botanical images.
Maeve’s award is well deserved. Opportunities to compete with peers is a great motivator. But being singled out among your peers is a great accomplishment. Congratulations Maeve.