Margaret Walsh Best
Centaurea nigraWatercolor© 2009 Margaret Walsh Best
Epilobium angustifoliumWatercolor© 2010 Margaret Walsh Best
Ranunculus acrisWatercolor© 2010 Margaret Walsh Best
Rubus idaeusRaspberries Watercolor© 2007 Margaret Walsh Best
Rubus occidentalisBlackberries Watercolor© 2007 Margaret Walsh Best
Margaret Walsh Best’s love of botanicals was first nurtured by her Irish-born grandmother with whom she spent many childhood hours in the family garden. While they were tending to the plants, Margaret was captivated by her grandmother’s stories of the various plants, some of which were, like her grandmother, transplants to the new world.
Since then, Margaret has been fascinated by the story of plants. Now, as a botanical artist who works predominantly in watercolour, gaining a holistic understanding of her subject is an integral part of her painting process.
“Just like a human being, each plant has its own tale to tell and I want to know what it is—its history, its botanical structure, its medicinal uses and any interesting folklore I can find. By the time I have done all my research and I pull out my brushes, I feel like I am painting the portrait of an old friend.”
A Canadian artist and art educator in Newfoundland and Labrador, Margaret’s solo exhibitions were continually based on significant historical and scientific research. She has also exhibited in nearly 150 group exhibitions.
As an art educator, Margaret has created and carried out dozens of school-related multimedia projects and is an advocate for the integration of art into all areas of educational curricula. She offers adult weekly classes and workshops throughout her home province and also nationally and internationally.
In recognition of her artistry and her contribution to the development of art in her province, Margaret has been bestowed with an Honorary Life Membership in the Art Association of Newfoundland & Labrador. She has also been a finalist for major awards granted by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council and Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador.
Margaret invites her fellow plant lovers to follow her journey through the ever-unfolding story of plants on her website: www.margaretwalshbest.com.