Gail Timmerman-Vaughan


I began drawing and painting over 10 years ago after my eldest son gave me a small notebook, mechanical pencil and eraser. I am self-taught as an artist. However, my mother is an art historian, now retired from a small US university. I grew up surrounded by artists, art, books on art, talk about art and visiting museums. Unintentionally, mother taught me how to look at art and has provided valuable critique as my drawings and paintings have developed.

I have retired from my day job as a senior scientist for a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, specialising in plant genetics. I also have an academic background in microbiology which has seeded my love for exploring the remarkable shapes and colours of the New Zealand lichen flora through pencil and watercolour.

I immigrated to New Zealand in 1984 and quickly fell in love with the natural environment. Tramping (backpacking) takes me throughout the South Island and gives me the chance to see and experience the backcountry in all her moods, as well as to photograph, draw and paint lichen and the landscape.


Botanical Art Worldwide, Auckland Botanical Gardens Gallery, 30 March - 1 July 2018. The work shown is Haematomma alpinum growing on Melicytus alpinus. The exhibition traveled to Wellington (1 August - 9 September 2018) and Blenheim (3 November - 9 December 2018).

Peters Doig Marlborough Art Awards, Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery, Blenheim, 13 May - 10 June 2018. The work shown is "Lichen from Lake Guyon".

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