The Valentine series explores the juxtaposition of flora and romance. I have always loved flowers, while hating the idea that we cut their lives short in order to share them. I wonder if the act of reaping and offering flora to express the presence of desire is a metaphor for the fleeting nature of desire and our mortality.
Though I know that as a species we often destroy what we love, and it’s usually beyond our control, I am grateful that paint and canvas have allowed me to find a satisfying resolution to my flower conundrum.
Painting gives me the gratification of observing, creating and sharing my love of nature without the mass murder of flowers.