Born in Pretoria in 1986, Daleen Roodt is a mostly self-taught artist. After one year of studying art, she studied languages at the University of Pretoria and did an honours degree in translation and professional writing. Her botanical background began in 2008 with scientific illustrations for SANBI and the University of Pretoria, followed by various projects illustrating field guides and botanical journals.
Commissioned to capture the indigenous flora of the Francolin Conservancy, she painted a collection of over 50 botanical works in watercolour and oil paint that formed the basis of her first solo exhibition in 2012. In 2010 she received a bronze medal at the Kirstenbosch Biennale for botanical watercolours, and in 2013 a silver medal for her botanical copper etchings.
Daleen started doing copper etching in 2012 following a commission of journeying to Cambodia, and soon afterwards this intriguing medium manifested as her new style of botanical expression, complimenting her already established style of detailed watercolour illustrations to convey her fascination with the detail offered by Nature.