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About the Artist
I want people to enjoy the beauty of flowers-from representing the dancing movements of each petal to the interplay of the myriad tones within the color of the flower. Starting with the inherent visual beauty of the flowers, the point of my work is to give people a sense of serenity to allow them to open themselves up to a deeper emotional response. I often visit local gardens and parks with my three children. I would love to introduce them to the beauty of nature and the feeling of freedom of thought. I am also inspired by walking around the flowers with their sweet scent as my kid's laugh. I often visit the Meadowlark Botanical Garden near my house. My studio was full of magnolia blossoms after that. Once I feel the moment is the one I want to paint I stop and take 100s of photos of the individual reflection and movement of this flower. I want to remember this smell, light, and movement in my studio when I start to paint them on an empty white canvas. It takes two to three weeks to paint one, and take another two or three weeks to see if the painting is displaying what I really want to show. I always go back over my painting until I feel like it's time to let them go, then I wait for another six weeks to apply the final varnish, which will protect the painting from any environmental changes. Lives and works in Vienna, VA.