Coral Guest is a botanical artist, author and teacher whose book, Painting Flowers in Watercolour: A Naturalistic Approach is one of the classic resources of the discipline. It was published in 2001 as widespread interest in botanical art was gaining momentum. Her book, while no longer in print, can still be found on the used book market.
Prior to writing her book, Coral taught painting classes at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, at Monet’s garden in Giverny, and in the Master Class Botanical Art Program that was created by Dr. Shirley Sherwood and taught worldwide at Orient Express Hotels.
Today Coral teaches less and focuses on commission work. Working life-size, she often uses the largest sheets of watercolor paper to enable a whole plant to be included in the painting. Her botanical interests lie in painting white inflorescence in particular and bulbous plants in general. Her creative interests include the practice of experimental study work and the creation of intense and detailed tonal drawings. Her current projects include works on Paeonia and Tulipa cultivars through which she continues to develop work that defines the subtlety of floral tone and color.
Dr. Shirley Sherwood began collecting Coral’s work in the early 1990s and her collection includes Coral’s painting of Lilium longiflorum ‘Ice Queen’, as well as the Lilium regale of 2007, which shows the tepals, stem and bulb of an entire plant in a 5-foot high painting. In the introduction to Coral’s book, Dr. Sherwood describes Coral as one of “the very best of today’s artists, fueling the renaissance of botanical art.”
Please join me in welcoming Coral Guest, our featured guest for December!