Craig Lidgerwood's working life began in the arts but moved to the travel industry more than 23 years ago. During this period he has travelled extensively recording, photographing and drawing plants in their natural habitat. In the late 1980s Lidgerwood studied drawing and watercolour painting at the Council of Adult Education, Melbourne, and art classes in the Macedon Ranges. From 2006 he has attended private classes with renowned botanic artist Anita Barley. During this time he organised and attended various botanical art workshops through the Mt. Macedon Horticultural Society with numerous other established botanic artists. As the artist explains:
The intricate study of plants and the illustrations botanists have used for centuries to identify different genera and species has fascinated me since I was a child when I remember copying drawings from my mother's gardening books. As a young adult I began collecting old hand coloured lithographs and was fascinated by the detail and accuracy of colour, form and texture the artists employed. At this time my personal life threw me into a world full of rare and unusual plants as my partner was a plantperson and nursery owner with considerable knowledge and a seemingly endless supply of subject matter. In 1989 I began working in the travel industry and this gave me the opportunity to travel extensively often trekking into remote areas for weeks at a time to record, photograph and draw plants in their natural habitat.
Since undertaking formal study of botanic art with renowned artist Anita Barley, this art form has become my over-riding passion, interest and obsession.
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