Junko Iwata - Botanical Artist/Illustrator
At The Royal Botanic Gardens, KEW
Born in Nagoya, Japan. Having studied foreign languages, and then became a teacher, both in England and in Japan. She now lives in the UK and came to painting in 1996 when she visited an exhibition of Modern Botanical Painters at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and subsequently took the Kew Botanical Illustration course with Ann Farrer.
She has won two Silver-Gilt and a Gold Medal at Royal Horticultural Society winter shows.
Junko is a contributor to The Prince of Wales's Highgrove Florilegium and to the Transylvania Florilegium, which is presently being created under the umbrella of The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation and will celebrate and record in a permanent way the flora in the garden at Highgrove, and of the flora of Transylvania, Romania.
Her work will be familiar to many through its reproduction on textiles and in the Portmeirion Pottery’s ‘Botanic Rose’ and ‘Rose Bouquet’ ranges, also at The British Red Cross and DAKS.