HELD IN LIGHT
THE BOTANIC PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS
CORAL G GUEST
For much of my life I have gazed into the faces of flowers, observing daylight as it reflects and refracts through petals. Observational Flower Painting is for me a devotional process based on contact with real plant life within the subtle shifts of weather patterns in the context of natural light.
Coral G Guest is an international English artist whose work has redefined the traditional practice of European Flower Painting. This body of work spans across a forty-year timeline, initiated during her education as a painting and art history student at the acclaimed Chelsea College of Arts (London University). Her exceptional observational work with flowering plants has developed far and beyond the conventions of contemporary botanical art. She is unique in regarding it as a devotional process. Her outstanding contribution has included the introduction of new techniques and the extensive development of a methodology. Through the introduction of serious essay writing and the process of critical thinking, the way forward for the 21st century Flower Painter is now firmly established.