Kerri Weller is a contemporary botanical artist, specializing in realistic, classical paintings of the plant world.
BOTANICAL ART | Expressing the beauty of the plant world.
Kerri’s paintings bring together art and science to create precise and graceful plant portraits. Her style is characterized by classical techniques in oil and watercolour, a strong design aesthetic, accuracy and attention to detail. Trained as a graphic designer and medical illustrator, Kerri is equally at home painting for fine art and commercial markets.
My parent’s garden influenced my indulgence in an art form that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the plant world. Helping in the garden as a youngster instilled a passion for all things botanical!
Royal Canadian Mint Commemorative Coin Commissions
• 2018 Armistice Poppy | Mintage 350. Sold out.
A pure gold coin commemorates the centennial of the 1918 Armistice of World War I.
• 2019 Lest We Forget| Mintage 6000. Sold out.
A pure silver coin honours our Canadians veterans on Remembrance Day.
Art of the Plant | Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, 2018
Kerri served as Chair of Art of the Plant, leading a remarkable countrywide team to forge a national botanical art exhibition featuring Canada’s native plants; common, rare and endangered. Presented in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Nature over 21,000 visitors viewed drawings, paintings and wood engravings by Canadian botanical artists. Through Botanical Art Worldwide led by the American Society of Botanical Artists, Art of the Plant joined in an international collaboration of 25 countries presenting simultaneous exhibitions about native plants in 2018.
EXHIBITIONS | Kerri Weller’s dramatic Garlic & Scape introduces an engaging modernity to the exhibition. Caroline Wamsler, Ph.D.
Kerri’s work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her paintings have been juried into numerous international exhibitions of botanical art. She has twice been selected as a Still Life Finalist in the prestigious Art Renewal Centre’s International ARC Salon. Kerri has been a guest on on Roger’s Ottawa Daytime TV, and CBC Radio – Ontario Today and All in A Day.
Fog Forest Gallery exhibits many of Kerri’s small plein air paintings. In contrast to highly finished works, the challenge is to paint in the moment … in the garden or landscape quickly capturing the essence of the subject.
BACKGROUND | Kerri enjoyed a previous career as an Exhibits Graphic Designer with the Ontario Science Centre working with a talented and diverse team on many celebrated exhibitions. She has taught art classes at the Ottawa School of Art, Nepean Visual Arts Centre, Algonquin College and the Canadian Museum of Nature. Kerri is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the University of Toronto’s medical illustration program.
Artists for Conservation, Signature Member (2019 to present)
American Society of Botanical Artists (2007 to present)
Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists ~ Founding Member (2011)
Association of Medical Illustrators ~ Professional Member (1987 to 2012)