Bridgette James

Growing up in rural East Anglia, Bridgette’s affection for the flowers and insects of the hedgerows led her to take up a career as professional artist in 1987.  Her detailed watercolours of flowers are often accompanied by dragonflies and native British butterflies in which she has a special interest.

She was elected to become a member of the Society of Botanical Artists in 1993, she is now a Fellow Member.

She was commissioned to illustrate The Wildlife Trust’s Guide to Wild Flowers published by New Holland Publishers UK Ltd. and The Wild Flower Detectives’ Handbook published by Miles Kelly. Her illustrations have been included in a number of publications including gardening books and encyclopaedia.

Bridgette’s work is in private collections in Australia, Canada, Channel Islands, Germany, Italy, the Sultanate of Oman, Sweden, Turkey and the USA.


  • Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries 1992,1993
  • Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition, Westminster and Mall Galleries from 1993 to present.
  • The Napier Gallery, Jersey, Channel Islands  1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Broadway Festival 2012
  • Palmengarten, Frankfurt 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Luton Hoo Walled Garden Exhibition  2013
  • Woburn Garden Exhibition  2016
  • Iceni Botanical Artists Exhibition 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid 2018
  • Society of East Anglian Watercolourists Selected Exhibition, Ely 2019
  • Society of East Anglian Watercolourists Awash 2020 – A Festival of Watercolour, Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk 2020


  • RHS  Silver-Gilt Medal for exhibit of Alliums.2017
  • SBA  Joyce Cuming Presentation Award 2017
  • SBA  Certificate of Botanical Merit 2017
  • SEAW  Brush Award 2019

Bridgette can be contacted via email


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