This past year I have been painting Zinnias in all their wide variety of colors, forms and stages. I think of them as the flower that keeps on giving, from early summer to late fall. Each one is unique and I enjoy observing them in various growth stages: fresh and vibrant, gently withered, and in the final stage of late autumn with an exposed skeletal structure and bronzed patina. The inspiration to paint this subject came from the front row of my garden planted in memory of my mother. She traditionally planted a single row of zinnias to front her huge vegetable garden every year. At the time, I considered them not particularly elegant but rather ordinary. Now, I see them as truly a gift from God bringing me joy everyday of the summer and all year in my paintings.
My new studio location is 44 E Main, Suite 411, Champaign, IL 61820