Nature's inspiration is ever changing and infinite. Offering unimaginable beauty and inexhaustable organic forms, shapes, colors, patterns, and textures. The subjects of my botanical works come from private and public gardens, preserves and research.
I begin my botanical paintings by selecting a particular plant, herb or tree that inspires me and I focus on a few important elements which I believe are the essence of the plant. I do no preliminary sketches and draw directly onto a dark textured canvas. The paintings are my interpretation and impression of the subject. I redefine the two dimensional picture plane by suggesting three-dimensional form through subtle use of highlights and shadows and contrast that with wet and dry brush techniques and solid color fields to draw attention to the flat canvas. I strive to create paintings with unique compositions and dynamic visual relationships in color, shape, and line.
"In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new. They see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves.. novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only.. making a subject better from its intrinsic nature." - Henri de Toulouse Lautrec
“Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time.” - Georgia O’Keeffea