Simon Williams SBA is the Course Director and a tutor for the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) Distance Learning Diploma Course (DLDC) and is regarded as one of the UK's leading botanical illustrators.
He is listed in the 35th Edition of Who's who in Art. Through his business SW Illustrations, Simon has worked for some of the largest advertisement branding agencies such as JDO Brand Design and Innovation, Tangible Advertising Agency and freelance for magazines, publishers and wildlife art agencies/studios.
Simon trained in natural history illustration at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth from 1996 - 2000. A National Diploma course place was offered to Simon straight from school at 16 years old based on his portfolio without the need for any foundation courses. This lead to him being able to start a career at a very young age and after furthering his training with a Higher National Diploma he submitted work to the Society of Botanical Artists in 2000, becoming the youngest member of the SBA in 2002. He obtained a Certificate of Botanical Merit in his very first submissions of work the previous year.
Simon has been a tutor for the DLDC since course 5 along with tutoring botanical and natural history illustration at various venues around England. In October 2013 Simon was delighted to become the new Course Director for the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course after a year of mentoring from the former Course Director Margaret Stevens PPSBA.
Over many years of illustrating Simon has developed excellent skills in using gouache, watercolour and acryl gouache. Simon's first book 'Botanical Painting in Gouache' was published in March 2016.