The Botanicals series began in 2017 as a challenge and needed respite from human subject matter & narration. I began the series by frequently visiting and photographing The Elizabeth Lawrence Home & Garden (5 minutes from my home)—where something is always in bloom, decay or dormancy. A consistent location provided one less variable in growing a body of planted-based work that continues to evolve. I also finally discovered plants I can tend to and not kill. Recent work includes the orchid greenhouse behind the scenes at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Read more »
All works in this series are inlaid cut paper. The archival cut papers are usually tinted with acrylic and/or flashe vinyl to expand the stock papers’ limited palette. The paper pieces are scalpel cut, inlaid (forming one layer) and adhered using reversible PVA glue. An isolation coat is applied before the final protective matte UV varnish.
If 'flesh is the reason oil paint was invented' (as deKooning said), cut paper may be best suited for botanicals.