Yanny Petters

Botanical Artist


Yanny Petters has been painting exquisitely detailed portraits of wild plants since the early 1990s and the purpose of her work is to create awareness of the wonders of nature and especially of the wild plants of Ireland.


Fascinated by colour, form and detail, her love and interest in botanical art stemmed from her work as a signwriter in Dublin & London in the 1980s where plant themes were common in decorative design. As well as working in watercolours and oils Yanny also specialises in 'painting on glass', a technique she has been developing since her signwriting years. Yanny teaches watercolour painting and drawing from nature in regular workshops.


Yanny  has  had  many  successful  exhibitions  since 1995. She exhibited with renowned landscape painter Michael Gemmell in ‘The Living Bog’ which featured Yanny’s Paintings on Glass of Irish Bog Plants, at the Davis Gallery, Dublin in 2003. She was honoured to be included in ‘1000 Years of Botanical Art’ at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, in 2005 As part of the Dr. Shirley Sherwood collection in the UK. Since that she has had a painting exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, London, as part of ‘The Art of Plant Evolution’ exhibition in 2009.


‘Field Work’ was a solo exhibition curated by Olivier Cornet at the Riverside Gallery in Arklow, Co. Wicklow in 2008. In 2011 Yanny was invited to exhibit ‘The Living Line’ at the Droichead Arts Centre in Drogheda, Co. Louth, which featured large scale drawings from Yanny’s recent collection of works on a theme of wetland plants.


A number of her ‘Glass Paintings’ are in the Wicklow Mountains National Park headquarters.

In 2010 Clonskeagh Hospital acquired a number of Yanny’s works for their new nursing unit through the HSE Percent for Art Scheme.


In 2012, as part if the ‘4x4’ show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Temple Bar, Dublin, one of her paintings was acquired by the Office of Public Works for the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.


Currently Yanny is preparing for a solo exhibition of her Glass Paintings at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin in April 2013.


Yanny also carries out many private commissions.


Her work features in the following collections:

Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection, UK.  Byrne Group, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. OPW Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow. Connemara National Park. HSE Community Nursing Unit at Clonskeagh. Private collections.


Yanny is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland, The Irish Society of Botanical Artists, Visual Artists Ireland, Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, Signal Arts Centre Society and Dublin Naturalists Field Club.



1979 - European Schools Award Prize for Art.

1987 - Islington Borough Council design award.

1994 - Designed scale models of a famine village and workhouse for 'Model World', an outdoor Historical Ireland project in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow.

1999 - Mural for Brandon House Hotel Swimming Pool, New Ross, Co Wexford.

2003 - Office of Public Works, paintings for Wicklow Mountains National Park centre at Kilafin, Co.  Wicklow.

2005 - Connemara National Park, commission painting on glass of cross section of Bog.

2011 - HSE Community Nursing Unit at Clonskeagh. Percent for Art. Three paintings.