My rendition of the Oregon Grape, Oregon's State Flower was commissioned to promote the 2009 Glide Wildflower Show, the premiere Wildflower Show held annually since 1965.
As in all my art, I was not content to merely reproduce an image of the plant. I wanted to give this flower the attention it deserves. After becoming familiar with the anatomy of the plant, I designed the holly shaped leaves as a backdrop for the cluster of buds beginning to open. I pushed the colors in the leaves. Rarely do we take the time to really notice all the intricate details of smaller flowers; especially when they are tiny buds in masses of color that are usually viewed merely as patches of color.
June 1st, 2014
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