I spent 30 years painting still life until I started pursuing other subject matter a few years ago. I’ve been waiting to have something new to say about flowers.
There are three kinds of peonies in this image. The closed buds are Japanese peonies. The square format is very classic and changes the compositional dynamic as users of Instagram well know.
The different shades and textures grabbed me immediately in this image of peonies from my garden. I was aiming for a dramatic, poetic feeling.
These hydrangeas are from my backyard. I took the photograph last year and sat with it until this summer. The colours change from a green and cream colour to a pink hue with touches of purple.