About the artist

Born in Pretoria in 1986, Daleen Roodt is predominantly self-taught. She started doing botanical art in 2008 after taking a module of plant morphology and identification while studying languages at the University of Pretoria. This led to drawing illustrations on a freelance basis for the University as well as the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). A variety of commissions soon followed, including work for books, magazines, hotels and restaurants, wallpaper, and many more exciting projects. The strong undercurrent of giving scientifically correct presentation of the natural world has had a major influence on her work.

Botanical illustration

Currently Roodt resides in Kwazulu-Natal, where her work, mostly in watercolour, is centered around indigenous tree and orchid species of South Africa. It often includes birds and butterflies associated with the flora. She locates the plants where they occur in their natural environment and prefers working directly from fresh plant material.