Shevaun Doherty – Artistry in Native Irish Bees (004)

Shevaun Doherty is a botanical artist, who volunteered to help the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and designed a bumble bee logo for them. Her accuracy, detail, and beautiful style of drawing led to the creation of a set of Irish postage stamps. And while the stamps feature four different native Irish bees, a garden bumble bee, the ashy mining bee, the tawny mining bee, and the heather bee, she managed to sneak a honey bee onto the minisheet first day cover. You can watch her paint a bumble bee on lavender at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtFlDncin2A

We had a chance to chat about how Shevaun became an artist, why she finds pollinators make good subjects, and her penchant for using vellum—animal skin—as her painting surface, reminiscent of old illuminated manuscripts. You can find examples of her wide-ranging work on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/shevaundohertyartist/


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