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Published on May 10, 2013
Rory McEwen had a gift for creativity and his talent spanned botanical painting, folk music and the blues.
Through a series of personal testimonials from McEwen's family and friends, and the artists and musicians he influenced along the way, including Van Morrison, this film follows McEwen on his life journey. From his years on the Scottish borders as a young man, to his time at Cambridge when he played guitar in the Footlights, onto his first road trip across America in 1956, when he taught himself the blues.
McEwen's other love was botanical painting, which he practiced throughout his life. He is best known for his studies of plants, painted in watercolour on vellum. You can see McEwen's remarkable paintings at Kew Gardens from 11 May to 22 September 2013.