Alison Cutts; botanical & natural science illustration


I am a botanical and natural sciences illustrator. I describe and explain the structures, shapes and textures of plants and animals and the space around them in two dimensions, with or without the use of colour.

I am fascinated by complex forms, repeating patterns and spirals.

I work digitally and in a range of traditional media including watercolour, ink and coloured pencil, but always using many elements to build up the image. This could be many tiny dots of ink or many layers of transparent colour.

I produce formal, technical scientific illustrations suitable for academic papers, textbooks and field guides as well as bold, contemporary illustrations of plants and animals for editorial and publishing.

I have a science background, and my illustration process begins with observation. I look, see, analyse and dissect. Then I draw to understand. Then I draw again in response, to explain, interpret and communicate.


Brassica oleracea

A closer look at the humble cabbage... click the image to view the gallery


Prickly fascination... click the image to view the gallery


Legs and the image to view the gallery

Nature drawings and journals

Illustrations to record the technical details... click the image to view the gallery


Flowers... click the image to view the gallery

Bones and stones, sticks and cones

There's beauty in the unexpected... click the image to view the gallery

commissions, sales & licensing

All the images on this website are available to license - please email me at for details.

If you would like to commission an illustration, or are interested in purchasing one of my original pieces, please email me at to discuss.

qualifications and professional memberships

I studied Zoology (BSc and PhD) at Leeds University, with a 2nd year minor in Fine Art. I have a Diploma in Botanical Illustration (Distinction) from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and was elected a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists in 2019.

I am a member of:

The Association of Illustrators

The Society of Botanical Artists

Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists


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