Coral Polge was born in London in 1924. At the time of her birth, the midwife exclaimed, “This child has been here before.” Maybe that is why she became a renowned psychic artist.
Most mediums and clairvoyants communicate with the spirit world through thought messages that are auditory, visual or even olfactory. Coral took that communication one step further by translating the images she saw onto paper. A trained commercial artist, she combined her artistic talent and psychic gifts into a technique that enhanced the experience of reaching the spirit world.
Unlike many mediums, Coral was not psychic as a child, though she did have a few out-of-body experiences. She enjoyed walking with her favorite uncle through the graveyard where she admired the stones and drew sketches of them. It was that same uncle who first sent her a message from the other side when she joined a spiritualist church at the age of 23.
Coral began her journey as a psychic artist by drawing medium guides. It wasn’t until after she met Frank Leah that she realized she should be drawing pictures of loved ones who had passed. The perfect likeness of a loved one would convince a skeptic that life goes on, and that death is a new beginning. As she produced more evidential portraits of friends and relatives, she began to verify her work with photographs.
“Seek the truth,” Coral’s spiritual guides told her in her early days. She was always open to improving her technique.
Maurice Barbanell, editor of Psychic News, helped her by advising she demand a higher percentage of relatives come forward. She had never thought about demanding from the spirit people, but it worked. Artist, Samuel Martin, offered her advice to improve her artistry. He even returned after his passing to give her words of wisdom.
“I never had any doubts, once I started on the spiritual path, as to where I was going,” she said. “I have never become disenchanted with my beliefs, only occasionally with the people involved. More than anything, spiritualism has given me a complete inner peace, to know a purpose manifests in everything.”
In her book, Living Images, Coral relates the stories of some of the drawings that she created over the years. One is about the grandmother of Wendy Hart. While drawing the picture of a Victorian woman with hair pulled back from her face, Coral kept getting the word, sunshine. When Mrs. Hart found a photograph of her grandmother to compare to the drawing, she found that written on the back were the words “From your Sunshine.” See photos below.
Coral said that many of her communicators didn’t explain the messages she was passing on. “We are purely telephone lines, nothing more,” she said. “As long as there is somebody’s picture waiting to be drawn, I will continue to be used as a channel for such communication between this world and the next. This was the path mapped out for me. It is a path I tread with love, and a great sense of privilege that I was chosen to do so.”
Coral was often helped by spirits from the other side. Her most frequent helper was French pastel portrait artist, Maurice de la Tour. Coral received the Spiritualist of the Year award in 1978 and died in 2001.
Reference: Living Images, Coral Polge with Kay Hunter, The Aquarian Press, Harper Collins London. 1991.