Mary Anderson Grierson(1912-2012), Botanical artist
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Despite Grierson's mother encouraging her to paint as a child, her accomplished career in botanical illustration came about by accident. After working in the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit of the Women's Auxillary Air Force during World War II, Grierson was employed by Hunting Aerosurveys, whose maps were based on aerial photography. After undertaking an ink drawing course in Suffolk, she returned to be mentored by the artist John Nash, the younger brother of Paul Nash. In 1960, she became the herbarium's resident artist at Kew Gardens, after the Deputy Keeper saw and praised her drawings. Following her retirement, she received international commissions, including drawings for the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii and designing stamps for Royal Mail.
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