I spent 30 years painting still life until I started pursuing other subject matter a few years ago. I’d been waiting to have something new to say about flowers.
Study for Winter Roses
I love white but it’s hard to model three dimensionally. I wanted to articulate the forms of the flowers so that the viewer could perceive the edges of the petals. Degas was one of the first artists to use radical cropping of forms in his paintings, influenced, no doubt, by photography. In this work the two central roses are complete with four other flowers partially showing. To me, this is dynamic and brings the viewer into the frame in ways that a more traditional bouquet composition might not.
30” x 30”
In this riotous bouquet, I brought in as many colours as possible. Cy Twombly’s late flower paintings were an inspiration with their energy and abandon. Flowers from the garden, exposed to sun and rain, transform beautifully in shape and colour.
36” x 48”
In painting winter roses, I undertook the challenge of light pink and white flowers. I wanted them to have a depth and sculptural quality without fading into paleness. I was inspired by the classical forms from my recent trip to Rome and roses have that same classic quality. The cool Northern light in Edmonton at latitude 53 in December reflects off the snow and this casts a cooler light on objects on a table.
40” x 60”