Cactus flowers hold a special place in my heart. When I was in second or third grade my Dad and I brought home a very small cactus after a camping trip. We planted it in a hanging basket and the following year it had a huge purple bloom that eclipsed the actual cactus. I thought is was so beautiful. I'm pretty sure that it was a native lace cactus. The landscape around the home I live in now was untouched with Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus and my beloved Lace Cactus growing wild. These paintings were based on photographs of the Prickly Pear Cactus and Lace Cactus from my yard. The Cholla belongs to a neighbor. Though they are native in west Texas, we're a little too far east for them to be growing wild here.
These three pieces are 8 x 8 inch and the outer dimensions of the copper-look frames are 14 x 14 inch. All are acrylic on panel.
In order: Cholla Cactus Flowers, Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers and Lace Cactus Flowers.
They can be purchased either as a group or separately ($375 each) through Your Private Collection Gallery on the Historic Granbury Square in Granbury, Texas
Yesterday evening was the opening reception for the first ever Botanical Art Show at BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens. It's the building with the "Living Roof". The work included is amazing. There are the two paintings of mine that were accepted into the show. It runs June 14 through August 9 in the Madeline R. Samples Gallery. Just to the right as you walk in the front door.
Ever since I was a child I have picked up rocks, feathers and anything else that caught my eye while exploring. Each object represented a different adventure. Sometimes I'd seal them in plastic bags and temporarily lose them in the mess of my bedroom. I remember finding maple seeds, little helicopters, in such a bag. They had sprouted and roots grew in every direction. Maybe this triggered my love of gardening. Who knows but I was fascinated and created 'experiments' with different types of seeds. Years later, I could hold these keepsakes in my hands and recall the sounds, sights and smells of the landscape around me as if I had been transported. It's a habit that has remained unchanged.
Change can be hard. When something has been such a huge part of your life for almost two decades, it can be downright traumatic. My artistic life was always divided. I have a BFA in advertising and a minor in studio art. I’ve worked in the advertising world since 1990. The goal there is not only creative in nature, but you have to please the client, which doesn’t always mean pleasing yourself. I continued to paint as well. This was for me. I could explore any medium or subject that I wanted and only be accountable to myself. It wasn’t until 2004 that I started to take my fine art painting seriously. I began entering shows…and winning. Offers for gallery representation came in. I spent a huge part of my spare time painting, having solo shows and promoting myself.
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