Rosie Sanders is internationally celebrated for her striking watercolour paintings of flowers. Always innovative, her work challenges the boundaries and perceptions of contemporary botanical art. Evoking a range of emotions, Sanders’ paintings transcend pure representation or scientific documentation. Sanders is represented by Jonathan Cooper Gallery in Park Walk, Chelsea, London where she has held solo shows since 2002. Perhaps best known for her large and expressive paintings in watercolour, since her previous exhibition with Jonathan Cooper in 2015 she has increasingly explored the dramatic intensity of charcoal in her work and the luxurious textures of petals emerging from darkness into light.


Rosie lives and works in Devon. Self taught, she has gone on to win several awards including the Royal Academy Miniature Award in 1985 and five Royal Horticultural Gold Medals. In 2008 her work was included in the inaugural exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens, is included in the prestigious collection of the Hunt Institute in Philadelphia.


In 2016, her work was celebrated in the publication, ‘Rosie Sanders’ Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Art’, published by Batsford Press. Originally published in 2015 by Elizabeth Sandmann Verlag GmbH entitled Blumen, there went on to be a Spanish edition published that year.

Rosie Sanders, often described as the best painter of the world’s famous fruit, has devoted years to researching this book and not only painting sensuously detailed water colours of the 144 apple cultivars described but also writing a detailed description of each. Marginal line drawings in cross-section complete this comprehensive guide to identification and a source of inspiration for apple growers. The book’s usefulness is enhanced by a practical essay on apple growing by Harry Baker, fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and one of Britain’s foremost authorities on apple growing.