Tulipa Black Parrot Mary Dillon

Archival quality prints of all of Mary’s botanical paintings are available in signed and numbered limited editions. 

They are printed by Exhibit A – Ireland’s only fine art printer member of the UK Fine Art Print Trade Guild. Exceptional standards of lightfastness and ph balance are guaranteed. Each print is produced using archival quality pigment inks on museum quality fine art Hahnemuhle paper. 


A4 – 100

A3 – 100

A2 – 25

A1 – 25

Prices are from €120 including packaging in a postal roll and postage with tracking.

Please contact Mary with enquiries regarding prints, framed or unframed and shipping:

Pink Poppies ©️Mary Dillon
Rhapsody in Blue 1, ©️Mary Dillon
Rhapsody in Blue 2, ©️Mary Dillon
Honeysuckle ©️Mary Dillon
Pomegranate – overspill, ©️Mary Dillon
Cherries, ©️Mary Dillon

Spring in Barcelona – Postponed -New dates- November 5 – 8, 2020.

Tulipa rococo work in progress

Spring is just around the corner…..
Barcelona will be blooming with almond blossoms, irises and tulips.

Almond Blossoms

Join me there for a botanical art workshop in March.
‘Get away from it all to paint……..’

Enhance your painting skills and master new skills. Our focus will be on colour and how to use a limited colour palette of transparent paints to capture the beauty of spring blooms.

Understanding the nuances of warm and cool colours will help us to reveal the essence of spring flowers, petal by petal.

Please contact me or Laura Alonso to secure your place:




With Nuria Valles and Laura Alonso at Studio Art Valles, Barcelona
Espai Joliu- where plants and coffee meet. Across from Studio Art Valles
Leafy El Poblenou, Barcelona

Easy and Slow……. Greece……Botanical Art Holiday, September 13 – 19, 2020

Would you like to take a break, to slow down, feast your senses, enhance your painting skills and master new ones, to rest and nourish your body, your mind and your soul? Join me on a beautiful Greek island in September 2020 for a botanical art holiday.

Perched in the heart of a Greek mountain village above the bay of Karystos on the island of Evia, Villa Kasteli, a traditional mountain villa with its panoramic sea and mountain views, is the ideal location for a relaxing botanical art holiday. Just two hours by car and boat from Athens airport, ‘getting away from it all’ couldn’t be easier.

Villa Kasteli

A family run boutique retreat centre for artists, yoga enthusiasts and garden lovers, Villa Kasteli has everything you might need for a relaxing and inspiring botanical art holiday. Run by the Lorenz family, at Villa Kasteli every effort will be made to ensure that you eat well, sleep well, rest, paint and explore.

Terrace where breakfast is served


Our light filled spacious studio is situated in the midst of beautiful mediterranean garden plants. We will have 25 hours of Botanical art tuition in the studio or in ‘the field’. During your free time the studio will be available for some personal painting.

Light Filled Studio at Villa Kasteli
Painting on the terrace of Villa Kasteli

Local Inspiration

Olive groves and fig trees provide a backdrop to a rich array of native Mediterranean plants in the nearby countryside. The award winning Montofoli Estate and vineyard will be a perfect location for some field studies.

Mediterranean garden plants
Ophrys ferrum and Colchicum autumnale

Native species from the Island of Evia.
Montofoli Estate, Karystos

Featuring :

• Optional guided meditation with gentle stretching to end each day.

• A guided botanical walk along the hillside under the medieval Castello Rosso to the village of Mili.

• Dinner at Stella’s restaurant under the shade of the Platanos orientalis, Greek sycamore trees, in the village of Mili.

• Morning field trip to the nearby Montofoli Estate with time for field studies followed by picnic lunch.

Nearby places to visit :

Castello Rosso (Red Castle), a medieval Venetian Castle overlooking Villa Kasteli.

• Mount Ochi with its hillside pathways.

Unspoiled beaches with turquoise waters and golden sands for a relaxing swim.

Karystos, the perfect spot for afternoon refreshments and people watching.

Castello Rosso which overlooks Villa Kasteli
Getting away from it all………..


Villa Kasteli has four double bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace. An additional four double rooms are available nearby. Accommodation can be booked for either single or double occupancy.

Each bedroom has a large, comfortable double bed. We offer the option of double or single bedding, so if you choose to share your room you don’t have to share bedding.


Breakfast will consist of locally made fresh pastries, fruit, honey, yoghurt and porridge with a variety of super food toppings. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner using delicious locally sourced fresh ingredients. We are very happy to accommodate any of your particular dietary requirements. Wine is included with dinner each evening.

Villa Kasteli


We have a beautiful terraced garden for you to explore, a swimming pool and covered pergola. Many outdoor seating areas throughout the garden.


Guests are requested to book flights at your own cost, ideally arriving around lunchtime to ensure easy transfer to meet boat schedule in Rafina, and afternoon departures to ensure the same for your return. 

Transfers can be arranged to include meet and greet at Athens airport, taxi to port of Rafina, Boat ticket Rafina to Marmari and pickup from Marmari to Villa Kasteli – two hours door to door € 40 per person each way.


€1,600 – one person using double room

€1,300 – per person sharing for two people sharing double room.


• 6 nights accommodation

• 6 x breakfast, lunch, dinner

• 25 hrs. botanical art tuition

• Use of studio

• Visit to Montofoli Estate.

To Book:

Please contact me for further details and to check for available places:

Pay €500 deposit via PayPal to secure your place.

Easy and Slow……. Botanical Painting Workshops 2020

Barcelona, March 2020 – Posponed – New Dates: November 5 – 8, 2020

Join me at our light filled studio in the design quarter of colourful Barcelona to enhance your skills and to experience the reflective process of botanical art.

Leafy shade in El Poblenou
Tonal studies

Bring movement vitality and depth to your botanical art as we focus on creating dynamic composition and explore the nuances of layering colour.

©️Mary Dillon

Suitable for all levels.

Beginners: March 18 – 22, 2020

Improvers and experienced artists: March 19 – 22, 2020

Practicing blending techniques
Exploring colour
Thank you Nuria for your special lunch.

Enquires: please contact Laura Alonso

Nuria , Laura agus Mise in Studio Art Valles


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Transylvania, June 28 th to July 4 th, 2020 –

Postponed – New Dates: June 27 – July 3, 2021

Copşa Mare, Transylvania

The de Candole family hold master classes at home in Copşa Mare. I will be giving a master class there focusing on the wild flowers of summer meadows, in Summer 2020.

©️Mary Dillon

Classes are limited to just 5 students. We will spend a week working on live material we find in the hills. Periods of intensive study are balanced with plenty of fresh air, exercise & local food.

Lunch prepared by the De Candole family

During your stay, you may study the Transylvania Florilegium, with over 100 illustrations of local plants drawn by 35 artists, each accompanied by John Akeroyd’s text giving scientific details.

Places are limited to just five students in each class. To be sure of yours, please book in good time!

Enquiries: James de Candole.

Studio in Copşa Mare

Botanical at Emo Court, CoTaCa Cafe, Co Laois

I’m very excited to be kicking off Exhibition season with a showing of my paintings and limited edition pigment ink prints in CoTaCa Cafe at Emo Court, Co. Laois.

Emo Court House is a neo-classical mansion in County Laois that attracts visitors from all over the country and beyond. Designed by noted architect James Gandon, it features magnificent gardens and is located just 2.5 km from Emo village and 7 km from Portarlington Railway Station.

In 1994, the then owner, Cholmeley Harrison presented Emo Court House to the people of Ireland, continuing to live there in private apartments until his death in 2008. Staff of the Office of Public Works (OPW) now care for the estate and preserve its stately elegance for modern visitors. The first floor of Emo Court has now been restored and returned to it’s former elegance.

Pink Petunias ©️Mary Dillon

I’m delighted to have been asked to show my paintings and limited edition pigment ink prints in the beautiful surrounds of Emo Court House and Gardens.

The exhibition will be open until Monday, August 5, 2019.

. Gazpacho Tomato ©️Mary Dillon

Summer Cherries ©️Mary Dillon


For enquiries regarding paintings or limited edition prints please contact me  at or +353872224260.


New Courses for 2019


Rhapsody in Blue Roses, Continuum. ©️Mary Dillon


October 31 – November 3, 2019


September 13 – 15, 2019

I am pleased to share with you some updates on workshops I will be giving later in 2019 and in 2020.


October 31 – November 3, 2019

I am delighted to be returning to Barcelona in late October to offer a workshop in botanical art. While I will be covering the basic techniques needed for beginners in botanical art, this time I will also be preparing a specific ‘first day’ of the course for those with a little more experience and those who have attended previous workshops.

Barcelona poster



Please contact Laura Alonso for further information:



Having just finished a wonderful three day workshop for beginners in botanical art techniques in Waterford, facilitated by  Classical Art Atelier, we are now planning another workshop to be based in Cork from September 6 – 8, 2019. This will be a great opportunity for those who would like to learn the essential techniques required to make a botanical painting.


Please contact Adrian Cooke of Classical Art Atelier for further information.

+353 (0)87 6609644C8B9B76E-270E-4A11-A07F-5E77DD51DCC7



Upcoming workshops 2018 / 2019

Easy and slow…..!
Learning the art of botanical painting
with Mary Dillon


I am happy to give you details of some upcoming workshops I will be giving. I look forward to sharing with you my love for plants, painting and botanical art.

Spain     –    February 21 – 24, 2019

                     October 31 – November 3, 2019

Austria   –   May 17, 2019

Ireland    –   November 19 – 23, 2018



Course 1: February 21 -24, 2019
Course 2: October 31 – November 3, 2019




February 21- 24, 2019

October 31 – November 3, 2019

Studio: Art Valles, Carrer Pallars, Barcelona. Time: 9 am to 3.30 pm each day
Cost: €280

Taking our inspiration from the changing seasons we will practise observational drawing to focus on light, form and composition before moving on to learning the basics of wet and dry watercolour techniques. By exploring a vibrant but simple colour palette we will use transparent layers of colour to bring vitality to our painting.

A small group will allow for demonstrations and individual tuition. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

Enquiries to Laura Alonso: lauraalonso27




Vienna .

Vienna School of Botanical Illustration

Botanical Garden of The University of Vienna


Get Together 2019, May 12 to 19


Watercolour for Botanical Illustration with Mary Dillon

Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 10.00 am to 18.00 pm

Cost: €100 

Enquiries regarding workshop and Get Together 2019 registration:


To facilitate broader group collaboration, the Vienna School of Botanical Illustration are organising GET TOGETHER 2019 where artists can meet, exchange ideas and work together in practical workshops. Specialist visits to museums and archive collections along with a field trip to the Donau – Auden National Park will also be included. Portfolio showcases will be given by botanical illustrators and the workshop instructors. These will last one to two hours in the mornings and will be followed by a discussion.

All components of the programme are independent so that attendees can decide on their own level of involvement.








November 19 – 23, 2018

About the workshops:

Venue: Tipperary County Museum

For Bookings please contact:       

Julia Walsh:



Easy and Slow……..! The art of botanical painting.



Easy and slow…..!

Learning the art of botanical painting.

Botanical art challenges us to capture in a painting the essence of a plant, it’s beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy and to do so in a truthful way.

Throughout 2018 I have some exciting workshops coming up that I’d like to share with you. In July there will be two workshops, one close to home in Ireland and following that I will be giving a workshop in Barcelona, Spain.

If you’d like to join me for one of these workshops please make contact for further information.

July 2 – 6, 2018     Laois Art House, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland

Enquiries:  Muireann Ni Chonaill  –         +353 57 86 41740

July 9 – 13, 2018    Barcelona, Spain

Enquiries: Laura Alonso –   +34 666 994 367

Further details:  IMG_0007

Enquiries: Laura Alonso – lauraalonso27

Mary Dillon –

Flowers in Watercolour – Light, Form and Colour; Barcelona workshops – September 4 – 8, 12 -15, 2017.

I am very excited to be giving Botanical Art Workshops in Barcelona, over the first two weeks of September, 2017.

The workshops will take place in APIC, the Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalunya. While most of our work will take place in their well lit, air conditioned studios, we will also take opportunities to visit local markets and Botanic Gardens in Barcelona for some observational drawing and sketching.

Back in the studio we will capture the sensuality of flowers using wet and dry watercolour techniques. Looking at light and form we will focus on making an engaging composition.

Sketch for Petunia painting MD

Exploring a vibrant but simple colour palette we will use transparent layers of colour to bring vitality to our painting.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to enhance your skills while at the same time being able to enjoy spending some time in beautiful Barcelona with all the magic of the Mediterranean on your doorstep. We would love to see you in sunny Spain!

For further information including  cost and a list of recommended materials,please contact workshop facilitator, Laura Alonso or myself.



TULIPA rococo work in progress MD

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Tulipa rococo Mary Dillon