Angeline de Meester
Angeline de Meester takes a new, fresh, approach to botanical art, providing a contemporary take on an age-old subject.
Angeline's work is characterised by its understatement and botanical accuracy, with an emphasis on strong design, structural intrigue and the sensitive use of colour. She uses a subtle palette and pursues each subject in great detail, often taking around a month to complete each watercolour. The results are a stunning set of visuals: subtle, involving: gentle and inspiring. They represent the perfect combination of ancient subject and modern interpretation.
Born and brought up in the countryside of Surrey, Angeline has consistently followed an artistic path. She was awarded an Exhibition in art at school followed by a foundation diploma at Epsom College of Art and Design. She studied for her BA (Hons) in Jewellery design at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London. Thereafter she has spent over 15 years working as a jewellery designer and in the jewellery business worldwide, selling her own collections and others through multiple outlets in the US and the UK.
In the late nineties, Angeline moved from New York back to her roots in Surrey, UK. Having redesigned her house and garden following the arrival of her three children, she was inspired to apply for a place on the prestigious Botanical Painting Diploma Course, run by the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, Chelsea, London from which she successfully graduated in 2007 with distinction.
Angeline paints in the cool tranquillity of her north facing studio. Thus removed from daily distractions, she is able to become fully absorbed in her work, translating the intricacies and beauty of nature into intricate and beautiful art. All subjects are painted from life, studied in their natural habitat where possible and brought into the studio as either potted plants or cuttings. The final paintings are a culmination of numerous studies, sketches and dissections. It is an endeavour that Angeline finds rewarding, enjoyable and fully absorbing. The same can be said of the outcome.
Angeline is currently working on private commissions, a new family study and selling her prints through galleries and from her website.
Her work will be featured in an article on botanical painting in the Surrey Life July edition.
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Email Angeline at: email@example.com
"What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?"
William Henry Davies 1871 – 1940
Copyright © 2007 Angeline de Meester.