About the artist

Daleen Roodt was born on the 28th of July 1986 in Pretoria, South Africa, where she grew up in the Northern suburbs. Mostly self-taught, her art is a passion she has always pursued. From a very young age she also realised her love for musical instruments and languages, which became equally important passions complimenting her art.

After one year of studying fine arts, Daleen did a degree in BA Languages majoring in French, and completed an honors in Translation and Professional Writing at the University of Pretoria.

Botanical illustration

Daleen’s interest in botanical art started in 2008 when approached by the University of Pretoria to make scientific illustrations for SANBI and the University. She has ever since illustrated articles for various plant journals, and was involved in illustrating Dictionary of Names for Southern African Trees and Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana, among others.



Daleen’s botanical art has followed a path to where she now specializes on indigenous orchids. Searching for them where they grow in the wilderness, Daleen finds pleasure in experiencing their sensual beauty in situ and allows a play of language and emotion to journey her into creating art that will secure their visual existence, mostly using watercolour and copper etching as medium.