Billy Showell

Tutor Bio

Billy is an internationally known botanical painter and illustrator and tutor and is based in Kent in the UK.
Originally Billy trained and worked in fashion design and illustration but she swiftly returned to her first love, painting and illustration. Her works are distinguishable by her striking, fluid and sometimes unusual compositions.
She has won several botanical awards, an RHS SGM, Seven SBA Certificates of Botanical Merit and a Gold medal from the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society as well as numerous ‘People’s Choice’ awards.
Billy’s work is held in the collections of Kew Botanic gardens, the Hunt Institute USA and in the Shirley Sherwood Collection; her work is also held in many private collectors worldwide. Billy has also created over 100 species illustrations for the International Fragrance Federation and has painted many illustrations for commercial food companies.

Billy served as Co-President for The Society of Botanical Artists from 2018 -2021.
Alongside Billy’s painting and illustrating, she is also a prolific teacher. Teaching at her studio and regularly across the UK as well as around the world. Passionate about sharing her tips and skills, Billy has produced four best-selling books on her painting style.

‘At the heart of my work is the love of plants, the love of watercolour and the desire to bring as many people to this art form as I possibly can.
Over past the 27 years that I have been painting and teaching, I introduced the love of painting plants to huge numbers of budding students.
Sharing what I do is my passion and ‘loving what you’ do is my mantra. ‘Botany brings enlightenment and painting helps celebrate its beauty.’


“Excellent in every way. I came away with a painting I’m proud of (for once!). Billy was bright, funny, vivacious, and so, so knowledgeable.”

“Smashing. Learnt loads.”

“Delightful – more relaxed with 2 days too.”