|Orange Lilies, 30" x 30"|
When we think of botanical paintings, traditional, detailed paintings come to mind. This series of paintings shows the delicate, radiant, powerful beauty of plants and flowers in a contemporary style that speaks more about their character than the detail of every palm frond or petal--there is always more than meets the eye.
|Florida Style, 30" x 30"|
It is my practice to always work with reference. I like to buy fresh flowers and set up the vase of flowers or whatever I’m painting and start with a strong composition. This is always my foundation. As I begin painting, each brush stroke has to say something. Putting down a mark and deciding to keep or remove, I try to ask myself if this mark adds something to the painting. The results are dynamic, energetic forms--they show the energy you put into the painting. The still life floral paintings have a life and vitality.
|White Love, 30" x 30"|
You should paint as you live life; expression should be in your work. See the things of beauty you enjoy and fill your life with that energy."
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