I love contrast. I love color. I love layers of abstraction. All that is coming into play with my recent studio work creating dark mysterious botanical bouquets.

Bouquet 1 (will figure out better titles at some point) is an example of where I am going with this concept. Still a work in progress but I find myself being sucked in by the darkness, saturated color, and abstracted natural shapes--like a luscious place to hide.


PAPER, PLANT, SUN  photography material

PAPER, PLANT, SUN photography material

A little something to think about with Saint Valentine's Day just around the corner...

I was inspired by a book, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, to assemble a collection of my Botanical Portraits which "speak" of love, passion and beauty. A few of them are: FORSYTHIA-Anticipation, LILAC-First emotions of love, QUINCE-Temptation, FUCHSIA-Humble love, and CLEMATIS-Mental beauty.

Some of the meanings came from the book, and some elsewhere, but I loved applying the Victorian concept of this unwritten suggestive language to my photographs. And believe me, there are plenty of shall we say...ungracious messages to be sent through a flower too...in case you were wondering :) 

**To find out more about my upcoming exhibit featuring this collection go here.

**To check out the book, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS, go here - it's a good read about how flowers and their meanings helps a young woman from the foster care system communicate and connect with world. Click on the Flower Dictionary tab to find the Vanessa Diffenbaugh's compilation of meanings.