My love of floral painting snuck up on me. I have always enjoyed seeing flowers in nature, but I never really delighted in a flower-filled vase sitting on my kitchen table. Since I’m attracted to movement, energy, and change, it is not a huge surprise that flowers in a natural setting were always more appealing to me than picked flowers.
That being said, the first floral painting I ever did was of my daughter’s wedding bouquet! It was sitting in a vase the day after her wedding, and when I looked at it, I could just feel the joyful and poignant energy of the previous day. I was drawn to painting those flowers as a way to capture memories and high emotion rather than to create a realistic representation of the sunflowers and succulents she carried.
I now paint flowers as a form of meditation. It allows me to step back from the outside world and focus on a small bit of beauty right in front of me. Even as I savor the exquisiteness of a single bloom, I am pulled to look beyond the “pretty flower” and paint the emotions, energy, and impressions the flower evokes. Painting becomes a way to go beneath the surface and uncover the complexity and mystery that lie just below the calm, beautiful, seemingly simple exterior.
When you view my floral paintings, I hope that you will experience that wonderful tension between simplicity and complexity, beauty and mystery, peacefulness and excitement.