Women’s Month: Jessica Bosworth Smith
Not all of our #WomenInConservation are based out in the field, many support our work in unconventional “conservation” roles. We have had the honour of working with a number of incredibly creative women over the years, women who have stepped up to support our conservation work by lending their incredible talents to our cause. One such woman is botanical artist, Jessica Bosworth Smith.
Jess is a contemporary artist and illustrator based in Cape Town. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhodes University in 2011 and her Honours in Visual Studies (Illustration) Cum Laude in 2016. In 2018, she was awarded a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Finland as part of their ComicBlast programme, and she has published two beautifully illustrated children’s books, “The Straw Giant & The Crow” and “Liefie” with Imagnary House.
Jess is an avid scientific illustrator, who particularly enjoys painting local flora and birdlife. Her other works of art often explore themes of memory and the uncanny, while her children’s books deal with complex themes of love, the nature of friendship, and sacrifice.
It has been a magical experience working with Jess over the years – watching her turn a fynbos specimen into a truly magnificent work of art.