LIKE FLOWERS THROUGH A PRISM...
The floral-art illustrations are
created by manipulating original photographs of flowers, leaves, buds, various
plant parts, and sometimes just little segments of calyx or corolla. I arrange
and rearrange these specimens in natural light looking to highlight particular
features. For these initial photos, my husband, Ken, is behind the camera. I
take the raw images and run them through a series of recipes, spells, and
charms in preparation for layering on the digital canvas. Though I have many
influences (Japanese kimonos and Ukiyo-e prints, botanical illustrations, sacred art across
cultures, textiles, the rapture of being in the natural world, to name a few), I work intuitively,
“listening” for color and composition. To me, the process feels like a blend of
collage work and painting with an element of ritual and worship.
Some believe that flowers are special
messengers offering gentle guidance and generous encouragement through their
magic and beauty. I believe when they are re-imagined in perfect symmetry
(mandala-like) they become uplifting at an even deeper level. They suggest
wholeness, hope, healing and joy. I create my flower illustrations to inspire
you to realize your awesome self and blossom your potential - to open your
heart and expand your spirit.