It’s all in the detail says flower artist

Millie Canning.
Millie Canning.

When you look at Millie Canning’s paintings of flowers the first thing that hits you is a riot of colour.

Then, their dreamy photographic quality reveals details usually only seen up close.

Millie, who lives in North Bedfordshire, is exhibiting her work at Number 13 bar, in St Paul’s Square, Bedford.

Having painted since she was five, the artist said she’s always “been drawn to colour, nature and wildlife and tiny details”.

She said: “I get my inspiration from all sorts of places. I’ve been to Kew Gardens, The Eden Project in Cornwall, and RHS gardens. While some people are taking photos of the views, I’m right in there taking close ups of the flowers.”

Millie began painting full time in 2007, having previously worked as a computer artist and creating 3D graphics.

She has exhibited in St Albans and London, including Central Hall, Westminster as part of an exhibition by the Society of Botanical Artists.

This is her first exhibition in Bedford of original acrylic paintings and giclée prints of the originals.

It will hang until Tuesday, April 22. For more information go to

Anne-Marie Stijelja arranged the exhibition and is keen to hear from other artists. Email for more details.