Flowers make me think of family. My Grandfather lived on a four-acre homestead in East Freetown, MA. He created such beautiful rock gardens, border flower gardens, vegetable gardens, and landscaping that the New Bedford Standard Times photographed and featured it each spring. After his death, Mother added to the gardens and continued the tradition. She was a venerable botanist who always had fresh flowers on the table. Her garden photos graced calendars and her flower arrangements won prizes every year at the local Grange and county fairs.
Flower paintings relax me. A self-taught artist, I use my flower paintings to experiment with different media, color, brush techniques, and texture. Many of my flower paintings are executed in pastels (i.e., pure pigment compressed into color sticks and pencils, both soft and hard). I have hundreds of Rembrandt, Sennelier, and other brand pastels made famous by the great European masters. Painting realistic wildlife art is demanding and often takes months to finish. My flower art, however, is thoroughly relaxing throughout the creative process and I finish far faster than most of my other artwork.