a PAINTING she finished in 2009 has earned local artist Fiona Strickland a VIP trip to New York.
The talented mum quit her job as principal teacher of art and design at Bannockburn High School in 2006 to fulfil her dream of becoming a full time painter.
Now her watercolour of a poppy titled ‘Papaver’ will be one of only 40 works included in an exhibition being staged by the American Society of Botanical Artists between September and November at the Horticultural Society of New York.
Since giving up her ‘day job’ Fiona’s talents have been recognised by leading experts.
Last year she was invited to exhibit at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh by the world-famous Hunt Institute and at Fulham Palace in London by the Royal Horticultural Society.
She has also seen her works displayed in Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park and the Palmergarten Botanic Gardens in Frankfurt. From next month she will also have six new paintings showing at the Forum Botanische Kunst exhibition in Frankfurt until Christmas.
Fiona (55), from Miller Place in Stenhousemuir, said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to show in Manhattan and I’m absolutely thrilled.
“I’ve had a fantastic year, but been loving every minute.”