“Be like a flower, turn your faces to the sun.” – Kahlil Gibranm
The flower has been the subject of countless works of art throughout history. It is in that tradition that I continue to pay homage to all things that bloom and flourish on this earth.
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Maori Proverb
My flowers move me from the mundane tasks of every day into the rays of all that is brilliant and thriving. The purpose of a flower blossom is to attract and propagate the plant. It is this delicate and fleeting allure I try to capture in my work – attraction through color, image and essence. My images take the viewer through a kaleidoscope of color and reverence of form.
“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I do not assign specific meanings or messages to each of my paintings, but I do find upon completion they each present themselves with their own emotions and sensations. Rather than asking “what is the meaning of this painting”, it is more a question of “what is the emotion of this painting?” I give my paintings life and feelings and they in turn most surely give me meaning. The interaction between my work and the viewer varies from person to person. It is those individual impressions, perceptions and passions that I find intriguing and captivating.