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Botanicals

 

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.

These painting range in size from six inches to four feet.  I choose plants, herbs and flowers that inspire me and I focus on a few essential elements.  I do no preliminary sketches.  I draw directly onto a dark textured canvas.  The paintings are my interpretation and impression of the subject.  I create energy and contrast in the images by suggest three-dimensional form through subtle use of highlights and shadows and contradicting it with the use of wet and dry brush techniques and solid color fields to draw attention to the flat two-dimensional 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’Keeffe

 

"My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing.  It's about making the best image i can make, it's about talking as clearly as i can" - Jim Dine