I am constantly taking photographs of flowers and gardens. It is a passion that evolved from requests from my father and grandmother. They used the images for their art, and now I use them for mine. Family trips frequently included stops at gardens. We are fortunate in Chicago to have many extraordinary gardens within a relatively short distance.
One of my favorite destinations is the Chicago Botanic Garden. I have some wonderful shots of sunflowers, the main subject in this series, taken there. When my brother requested that I create a print for his pediatric medical office, I chose this subject. The flowers are big and bold in life as they are on paper. His office walls were yellow, so I reversed the petals and highlights.
Paper selection at Graphic Chemical in Villa Park transformed me back into a kid in a candy store, delighting in the touch of the varied textures of paper available. The size of the block was a challenge. A 60-meter roll of Kozuki paper was necessary to accommodate the width. Resourcefulness allowed my confidence to grow as a printmaker.
Later, when my brother’s family moved into a new house, “Hawaiian Style” in this series became the natural housewarming present.
Immediately upon scheduling my solo show at Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, I knew that I would print the rest of the ‘flower’. Like the anticipation of the reveal of ink from block to paper, I have waited for the exciting moment to share this ensemble of four prints becoming one in this gallery.
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Addison Center for the Arts
'Best of the Best'
The Alliance of Fine Art
Walford Galleries, Wheaton College
'The Art of Pollinators Exhibit'
Mayslake Peabody Estate
DuPage County Forest Preserve
'Rockford Midwestern Biennial 2018'
Rockford Art Museum