I don't have a definitive explanation as to why flowers have become my dominant subject matter other than to say I’ve always been attracted to the colors and shapes of plants. I believe there is a lot of symbolism that can be attached to the natural world such as change, growth, and adaption. I love that a seed pod or a dying magnolia can display as much beauty as the bloom itself. I am continually reminded that there is beauty in every stage of life.
Ideas of paintings tend to appear in my mind randomly and I always love the unexpected appearance of a creative idea. I try not to question the why so much as to just enjoy the inspiration. I use references from my own photos whenever possible with the exception of a limited number of critters not found in my area.
Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon
© Bill Watterson