the feminine word for “botany” in Spanish
This show is a study of plants and flowers, from all over our beautiful planet (through printed and online images) and from the imagination. My original concept for painting an interpretive study of flowers was met with one of the longest winters I have experienced in my lifetime and the realization that I was not going to see live flowers growing locally for another couple months. Having lived in California my entire life until almost two years ago I have typically sourced my painting inspiration from nature in the form of live gardens- specifically flowers and plants and their fascinating shapes, colors, scent and function. However in this case, I looked out at the beautiful white snowscape and was offered the opportunity to make up my own garden from the imagination. Thus we ended up here with otherworldly night time and underwater gardens made up of flowers we may not recognize, or flowers we recognize but in colors we have not typically seen. Additionally the various painting techniques used are meant to invite the viewer to notice that there are many ways to see and represent the same thing, in our case here a flower.
‘Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.’ - Vincent Van Gogh 1874