David Mackay


Born 1958

David, born Australia, 1958 has combined art and science all his life. He began his career in botanical art at the National Botanic Gardens of Papua New Guinea during school holidays, and illustrated his first book, on orchids, at the age of fifteen. He has since illustrated over two hundred publications, worked as illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney over sixteen years, completed a bachelor’s degree with honours in botany and a PhD in environmental science, and exhibited his artwork around the world.


Works by David Mackay in the collection