Botanical Artist and Teacher
Botanical artist . . .
As a botanical artist, Margaret Best finds it important to conform to the fundamentals of the genre 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 sitter is infused into 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 and it is my goal to transfer the essence of that to the paper with strong visual appeal".
Botanical art teacher . . .
When teaching, Margaret patiently and selflessly shares her knowledge.
She teaches regularly in Canada, U.S.A. and Bermuda. She has also taught destination botanical art trips in Italy, Morocco and England. Earlier this year she taught in South Africa and is scheduled to do so again in 2016. Also in 2016 she is scheduled to teach in Spain.
More details about Margaret's botanical art teaching can be found in the "classes" section of this site.