Botanica Celebration:  The 20th Anniversary Exhibition 2019

at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

In conjunction and collaboration with Botanica Celebration, where I have two paintings on exhibition, the Art Gallery of NSW is also showcasing botanical art for the first time.  A small exhibition of selected artists’ work is hanging in the Members Lounge from March through May 2019.

Two of my paintings are in the building!


The Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens London


It’s an honour to have my painting of a small Australian native shrub, Styphelia triflora Pink Five Corners, hanging with a painting by Margaret Stones, one of Australia’s foremost botanical artists.


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‘Bushland Beckoning’ published in the international journal Landscape Architecture Frontiers (vol. 4, no. 2)

The June 2016  issue of Landscape Architecture Frontiers centred on the theme ‘Habitat and Biodiversity’. As part of this issue I was invited to discuss my work and relationship with the North Head Sanctuary, one of the last remaining areas of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) in the heart of suburban Sydney. My article, ‘Bushland Beckoning’, discusses my work within this landscape, the species that inhabit this, and how this has informed my journey as an artist.  The full article can be downloaded here: Julie Nettleton -LAF 160628. This international journal is produced by the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Peking University, China.


The Florilegium: The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Celebrating 200 years

As part of the The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney’s bicentenary celebrations, this June 2016 The Florilegium Society published the book  The Florilegium: The Royal Botanic Gardens SydneyThis work is a major collection of contemporary botanical illustration, featuring the artwork of sixty-four artists, including my own. Forty-one Australian and twenty-three overseas artists have contributed by invitation one or more works of significant plants in the three Sydney botanic gardens. The paintings will be exhibited at the Museum of Sydney from July to October 2016, and at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at the RBG, Kew, during the first half of 2018.


Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Botanical Art Show, London, UK, 2016 – Winner, Best Painting in Show & Gold Medal

February 2016

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Botanical Art Show, London, UK, 2016 – Winner, Best Painting in Show & Gold Medal


Julie Nettleton with her award for Best Botanical Painting for Xanthorrhoea resinosa Pers., Grass Three with Antechinus Stuartii , Brown Antechinus at the RHS London Botanical Art Show 2016.


Celebrating the world’s best botanic artists. Copyright RHS.

Each year the Royal Horticultural Society hosts their annual botanical art exhibition – featuring the work of leading contributing artists from across the world. This year the London exhibition featured the work 33 international artists and over 200 paintings. Julie’s six-painting series, a study of the Grass Treesfeatured in the exhibition and was awarded a gold medal. Her painting Xanthorrhoea resinosa with Antechinus stuartii (native marsupial mousewas awarded Best Botanical Painting in show.

The Gardens magazine,

ISSUE 100 (Autumn 2014)

The Gardens

Each year the Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens Sydney host ‘Botanica’, Australia’s leading botanical art exhibition. The theme of this 2014 exhibition is The Art of Seduction: Plants and their Pollinators. Julie’s painting of Xanthorrhoea sp and Honey Bee was selected for the front cover of The Gardens quarterly magazine to promote the exhibition. The exhibition runs from Saturday 24 May until Sunday 15 June 2014 at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration

September 2013
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Hunt catalogue cover front

Hunt 14thPoster

In the Spring of 2013 The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, held its 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration. My painting of Banksia ericifolia, Heath-leaved Banksia, was selected for the cover of the exhibition catalogue and promotional material. Collectively, the exhibition catalogues contain the most comprehensive record available of 20th and 21st century botanical artists and illustrators.