Angeline de Meester - Contemporary botanical artist Angeline de Meester - Contemporary botanic art

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Artist ProfileAngeline'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's first exhibition at the RHS Exhibition Halls, London, November 2007 was received with great interest and excitement and Angeline was awarded a Gold medal for her exhibition of "Plants with Animal Names in their Common Names". This was followed by sales of her paintings to both public and private collections, including the Lindley Library and Dr Shirley Sherwood. She has become a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a full member of the SBA. Angeline is currently enjoying contributing to the Hampton Court Florilegium, creating new series of paintings and working on private commissions.

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.

‘What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?’

William Henry Davies 1871 – 1940

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