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. Most of this work is rooted there. 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. 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.
July 21-December 12, 2020
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden - This scheduled summer exhibition has moved from Belmont NC to online. The virtual tour allows those of you who are not local to see the relative scale of the work—and for me to include a few more works than the actual space would accommodate. I'm grateful for my new friends at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and their graciousness in the midst of more important challenges.
This exhibition includes various botanicals inspired by Elizabeth Lawrence Home & Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and a Pandemic Still Life from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Exhibition sales will benefit the Daniel Stowe garden.
If 'flesh is the reason oil paint was invented' (as deKooning said), cut paper may be best suited for botanicals.