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Tanya Scharaschkin

Tanya Scharaschkin is a botanist and artist, based in Tasmania.   Tanya conducts a variety of workshops as a way of sharing her enthusiasm for plants. She hopes her art will inspire others to not only admire plants but also develop an understanding and appreciation for the biology of plants. Most of Tanya’s projects incorporate a botanical theme, although she has designed, made and exhibited some mathematically-motivated quilts. Her artwork is held in private collections, in Australia and overseas.

Tel: +61 (0)3 6200 0543


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Melinda Edstein

Melinda is a Sydney based botanical artist, specializing in coloured pencil work.

She has a background in veterinary science, and loves exploring the worlds of plants and animals.

Her works, including Australian natives, exotics, fruit and vegetables, have featured in many exhibitions. These include Botanica at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney since 2010, and the Flora of Australia, a Botanical Worldwide Exhibition, in 2018.




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Margaret Pople

Margaret Pople was born in Sydney.

She obtained a degree in Pharmacy at Sydney University in the 1950’s and worked in that profession until her retirement. In 1998 she moved to Port Macquarie.

Margaret’s interests in Botanical Art were greatly enhanced, when in 2007 she attended her first Art Scene MSA Summer School at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. Over the past 10 years she has attended this class, each January, guided by the talented and excellent tutor Barbara Duckworth. She finds the intricate work of graphite and watercolour fascinating, a most rewarding hobby and a wonderful way to relax. Her interest and ability in this wonderful Art form has increased over the ensuring years.

Margaret belongs to Hastings Valley Fine Arts Association and has exhibited in local and regional shows, having sold many of her works. She is currently teamed with renowned Australian Botanical artist Gillian Scott teaching a Botanical Art Course in Port Macquarie. She joined BASA in 2001.

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Documentary on six Australian Botanical artists, produced by Botanical artist David Reynolds

Studio Sessions BASA

Over the past two and a half years David has been writing, directing and filming an hour long documentary on six of Australia’s most respected botanical artists.
‘Studio Sessions – Seen through the eyes of the artist’ – features interviews with Celia Rosser, Jenny Phillips, Dianne Emery, Terry Napier, Mali Moir and John Pastoriza-Pinol. Each artist discusses their painting process, their thoughts on botanical art and how it has made an impact on their lives. Available in Australia only on DVD this September. You can view the first trailer and during August, you can pre-order your copy through my new website –