Painting flowers and plants – the world of flowers is one of my loves. Many of the plants, flowers and trees in my art come from my garden. My garden is simple but inspiring and I like to create landscapes like Monet did in his house and garden. I guess that the fame of Monet’s garden has inspired me to try to capture some of the beauty of flowers and trees as he did.
I have recently been captivated by the beauty of the Japanese Rinpa style of painting and design and am gradually creating a series of images to explore this genre in a personal manner, using Australian subject matter. The work on the side is freehand drawn of a eucalyptus tree that grows in my garden and then the background completed in gouache and the vase in gold acrylic. I have called this series ‘Tread lightly on the planet’ to remind us of the need to appreciate the beauty of nature, especially flowers and to limit man’s footprint.