David Lewry was educated at Sevenoaks School in Kent and, having achieved an A level in Art and Art History, was accepted at St Martins School of Art in London.

As a mature student he completed a First Class Honours degree in Art and Humanities with the Open University and subsequently received a Diploma in Botanical Illustration under the tutelage of renowned Botanical Artist Rosie Martin at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

His Botanical work has been featured in a number of books including the award winning Contemporary Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan and in Illustrating Exotic Plants by the same authors. He is also to be featured in their next book due out later in 2014. In 2009 he exhibited a series of twelve paintings at the London Orchid Show in London and was awarded a prestigious silver medal by The Royal Horticultural Society.

David runs a number of very successful classes and workshops in and around Bedford and has hosted several painting holidays at home and abroad. He teaches watercolour and drawing around the world on board cruise ships such as Saga Ruby and Spirit of Adventure and is in great demand as a demonstrator and teacher with Art societies and clubs throughout England.

In addition to the highly skilled botanical work in watercolour and coloured pencils he also produces a wide range of work in pencil and coloured pencil on a variety of different subjects. He is nearly always to be seen with his faithful companion Blondie, surely Britain’s most artistic dog on account of the number of art lessons she has attended!


He is a registered professional artist with the SAA is a member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society and also on the panel of demonstrators for Derwent products.

David has recently started producing a series of step by step lessons in watercolour and drawing that will be available for download from this website.