Born in Edinburgh, Fiona Strickland studied under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at the Edinburgh College of Art, receiving a postgraduate diploma in 1979, and exhibited her work at the Royal College of Art in London and in Scotland at the Scottish Society of Artists, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art and the Royal Scottish Academy. She was elected a member of the Society of Botanical Artists in 2008, where she exhibited her first botanical watercolours. In the same year she was also awarded a Royal Horticultural Society gold medal and exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy of Painters in Watercolour in Edinburgh, while later exhibiting her work at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh. Watercolours by Strickland are today in the collections of the the Royal Horticultural Society in London and the Hunt Institute at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, as well as in the Shirley Sherwood Collection of contemporary botanical art.