Craig’s working life began in the arts but moved to the travel industry 24 years ago. He has since travelled extensively recording, photographing and drawing plants in their natural habitat.
In the late 1980s Craig studied drawing and watercolour at the Council of Adult Education, Melbourne, and art classes in the Macedon Ranges. From 2006 to 2011 Craig attended botanic art classes with renowned artist Anita Barley and attended various botanic art workshops through the Mt Macedon Horticultural Society with established botanic artists.
In 2008 he illustrated Stephen Ryan’s book, the Dicksonia Rare Plants Manual and in 2010 Craig and his artwork were featured on ABC television’s Sunday arts program, Art Nation.
Exhibitions include The Art of Botanical Illustration 2010 & 2012, Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Botanica 2012 & 2013, Sydney Botanic Gardens, Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art, a major retrospective at the Ballarat Art Gallery (2012), and also in 2012 Craig’s first solo exhibition, An Inquisitive Eye: the Botanical Art of Craig Lidgerwood was held at the Sofitel Hotel, Collins Street, Melbourne.
Craig’s passion for travel has seen him visit parts of Eastern Europe, South America, South and Eastern Africa, Madagascar, India, North Western USA, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Craig is an adventurous traveller, trekking in Eastern Nepal, Kilimanjaro, the Andes and the Inca Trail, Darjeeling and Sikkim. Craig has also spent three months walking in southwest France, the French Pyrénées and Corsica.
Craig first joined ASA as a Tour Manager in 2019, and has since led ASA tours to France and Madagascar including:
- The Living Eden: Madagascar’s Unique Flora and Fauna (2016)
- Gardens, Villages & Châteaux of Northwestern France (2009 & 2010)
- Natural Landscapes & Gardens of Morocco (2019)