The Lotus series is striking and elegant, painted in opulent tones of ruby, ivory, sage green and gold.
Lotus flowers symbolize many things, including divine beauty, purity, love (romantic & non), faithfulness, and expansion of the soul. You see them a lot in Buddhist and Hindu art. The lotus is a metaphor for the light of the human soul transcending the darkness that surrounds it. It grows out of a mucky, scummy, vile swamp but is pure, clean and vibrant, perfectly symmetrical, delicate and fragrant.
The Sunflower series began the summer I started growing sunflowers in my garden. Through seed catalogs, I soon discovered many varieties of gorgeous sunflowers with juicy-sounding names.
These paintings have a bold, modern look and are painted in vibrant oil colors with thick texture.
The Sunflower Heart series is quite abstract and not entirely botanically accurate. They’re based on real flowers, but are not so much about realism as they are about getting lost in the exquisite patterns in the hearts of my own personal fantasy sunflowers.
The vibrant colors command your attention immediately, while the intricate details ask to be examined more closely.
The following older works show flowers painted in a variety of ways: from meticulous realism to fun, punchy stylization.