Botanical artist and tutor

Artist . . .

Margaret Best finds it important to conform to the fundamentals of botanical art in order to provide the viewer with sufficient information to clearly identify the plant. But she also believes that mere scientific accuracy is not enough in the world of contemporary art.

“A portrait artist only succeeds if the character of the subject is infused into the the rendering. Likewise, in plant portraiture, I aim to achieve something beyond merely a scientific classification. As I sketch, draw and paint the plant I become totally absorbed by its unique personality. It’s my goal to transfer the essence of that to the paper with strong visual appeal.”

Tutor . . .

Margaret selflessly shares her love of this art form by teaching. She started her career as a grade school art teacher but since 2006 has been dedicated to teaching botanical art internationally. You’ll find more information about her workshops for botanical art societies, at botanical gardens, in art schools, and at destination workshops in the Workshops section of this site.

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