Last month at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I came across Sarah Caswell‘s stand which had an amazing display of her beautiful floral paintings, prints and greeting cards.
And today’s post features simply a selection, which I hope you enjoy seeing…
Sarah very kindly answered a few questions for me.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
My business was officially started in 2007 when I moved my studio to rural North Norfolk. I work in a converted barn in Great Walsingham; one of 6 businesses (including a rather marvellous cafe) where people can visit and see me paint and see the permanent exhibit of my current work.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your paintings?
I am constantly on the lookout for fabulous blooms to include in paintings and travel widely to source material; earlier last week, I went to The Eden Project in Cornwall looking for Caribbean Flora…Ironically though, a lot of my paintings are based on the plants from our own Norfolk garden.
I have favourite flowers that I paint again and again for my own pleasure and ones that I am commissioned to paint (that become favourites in the process).
Sometimes the idea for a painting comes to my mind fully formed, e.g. I knew I wanted to paint hydrangeas floating across the canvas like clouds….hence Cumulus Hydrangeas II.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2011?
Following a successful Chelsea Flower Show, I am working on a number of commissions that have arisen as a result.
I will also show a number of small pieces in the art exhibit at the Royal Norfolk Show over the summer.
I am considering a solo show in London before Christmas….but it is only at the consideration stage yet. Otherwise, you can see me working in the studio attempting to keep the walls filled and planning for next year’s shows (including the Society of Botanical Artists & Chelsea!!)
Do you have a favourite flower?
Whilst I am temperamentally drawn to all things flouncy and glamorous (peonies, roses, dahlias, bearded irises, magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, etc), I am completely fascinated by world flora and have had my eyes opened to some flowers as a result of commissions.
The love of snowdrops felt by so many has rubbed off on me following a commission about four years ago – I have completed a snowdrop composition every year since then!
I am also fond of ‘re-habilitating’ flowers seen as being out of fashion – when I started painting dahlias, no one gave them a second glance…I have since moved on to chrysanthemums…it makes me laugh when people come in and almost shamefacedly admit that they ‘hate them, but I can’t tear myself away from THAT one!!!’
I’m moving on to hydrangeas next…
(Images : Sarah Caswell)