Carey works from her home studio in Helston, Cornwall, surrounded by her plantsman’s garden. She uses plants from  the Cornish countryside and coastal paths, her garden  as inspiration, as well as those found in the biomes at the Eden Project.

Carey recently rekindled her love for botanical painting through initially attending botanical illustration classes with Mally Francis (founder of the Eden Project Florilegium) and then the world renowned artist, Laura Silburn (three times Gold Medal winner at the RHS Shows). Carey is now a painting member of the Eden Project Florilegium Society and has her work held in their archives and  herbarium.

A lifetime working with tropical and garden plants through her interior and exterior nursery businesses has given her a thorough working horticultural knowledge of the plants she now paints. Capturing the beauty of plants is a thrill and an honour; striving with every painting to do the plant justice through detailed observation of form and colour.

studio shot of desk with Rhododendron and botanical artwork

Carey’s botanical artwork uses archival paper and lightfast watercolour paints to capture the beauty, essence and delicate detail of her chosen subject matter. Her botanical artwork combines the science of botany with the creativity of art. 

Plants are initially captured in graphite using detailed line and tonal drawings to ensure the subject is botanically correct and then carefully created in watercolour paint using colour and composition to bring it to life. Capturing the interest of the viewer by encouraging them to look then see- the longer you look, the more you see. The beauty is in the detail; even the most common plants are amazingly intricate.

Framed watercolour painting of a tulip by Carey Kaack

Commissions happily undertaken, contact Carey to discuss your requirements.