I love painting flowers and birds, many of my paintings contain cherry blossoms and or magnolia blossoms. It took me a while to realize how much I love the elegance and simple beauty of the magnolia flower. Some victorian texts state the meaning of the magnolia flower represents the symbols of nobility, perseverance and love of nature. Soft and subtle in color yet strong in appearance, the flower is representative of the beauty encompassing strength, femininity and gentleness.
The flower generally comes in pinks, lavender and whites but I have been exploring the same shapes and planes with bold or just unexpected colors that remind me of whimsical daydreams. Of course I have included my beloved birds, by painting them I am trying to share their freedom of motion and beautiful magic with my viewers.
This body of work has been created to inspire an appreciation of natures indulgences in our natural eco systems and I hope to remind all of us to not take any of these gifts of nature for granted. Love your planet.
My art has been published in many magazines and art books in addition to have many shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and I have participated in the New York Art Expo. I am honored to say my art has been included in several European private collections.
photo by Arica Sykes-Dawley