Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Raymond Booth


Barn Owl

Blue Poppy



Cradle Orchid

Emperor Moth on Heather

Pasque Flower

Autumn Crocus


Red Admiral on Hawthorn

Japanese Tree Peony

Sycamore Trunks

Landscape with Apples
(background detail)

The botanical painter Raymond Booth was 70 years old when the first large-scale book devoted to his work was published in 2000 by Callaway – An Artist's Garden.

According to the text by Peyton Skipwith, Booth rarely leave his native Yorkshire, and grows most of the plants he paints in his garden there. He typically keeps paintings in the studio for years and releases them in batches to the London gallery that represents him only when his painting room is so crowded with work that he can barely squeeze into it. He released large groups of pictures in 1975, 1982, 1991 and 2000, "with little new work ever leaving his studio in the intervals."