I love flowers (who doesn’t?) and they continue to be one of my favorite things to paint.  Often, I work to make them feel like flowers rather than look like flowers.  By that I mean that they leave an emotional impression — soft, stark, wild, bright, silvery, lush, or prickly — instead of being a botanical duplication.  In this case, truth is in the impact rather than the representation.  


Some of the florals have meanings in the materials, a sort of message that requires closer viewing.  It might be about romance or politics or just happiness.


Regardless, I am always seduced by the colors and rhythms in the plants: stem, leaf, stem, bloom; three peonies and a sunflower; leaves that turn blue in the shadow; petals that deepen at the edge.  I don’t know if I will ever get enough.



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