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Melbourne artist and teacher John Pastoriza-Piñol has an international reputation as a leading exponent of botanical illustration. Gordon Morrison, Director of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, has described John’s paintings of flowers as ‘lush, potent, sensual celebrations of life’.John spent some time earlier in the year painting at the National Tropical Botanic Gardens at Kauai in Hawaii, and held a solo exhibition at the Scott Livesey Galleries in High Street, Armadale during May and June. Last year, he was artist in residence at the Denver Botanic Gardens in Colorado, USA, and then travelled to Transylvania, where he worked on paintings that may be selected for the Transylvania Florilegium presently being created under the umbrella of the Prince of Wales Foundation Romania, to record the flora of Transylvania in a permanent way.In his upcoming four-day workshop for the Melbourne Friends, John will teach techniques for drawing and painting spring flowers. Students will learn his methods for the use of masking fluid to achieve very fine detail. Suitable for those with experience in drawing and watercolour. A materials list is available from the Friends’ office.