Holly Somerville

Holly Somerville, Artist

Holly Somerville (n'e Nixon) was in Beresford from 1981 to 1984.She has an MA in Botany from Somerville College, Oxford, and a BA in Visual Communication from Edinburgh College of Art, where she specialised in illustration and photography.

Her career as a botanical artist began with illustrating the 7th edition of Webb's An Irish Flora, and for several years she was based in the herbarium of Trinity College, Dublin, doing dissection drawings for scientific research papers.

For the past ten years she has been raising three daughters, but is now painting again almost full-time.Her main work is commissions, but in 2012 she also started teaching botanical watercolour in her new studio and gallery at Mount Slaney in the Glen of Imaal, West Wicklow.

Holly has exhibited in many group shows, including the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy, and has held several successful solo exhibitions in Ireland. Visit www.hollysomerville.com for more information.