Hands In A Holding Position

Working with flowers allows the pleasure of using colour and beauty but they can also convey meaning in an intuitively personal and powerful way. Throughout history flowers have been used as symbolic gestures and depicted in paintings and sculpture for narrative purposes and to enhance meaning.  From the red rose symbolising the blood of martyrs in early Christian paintings to the present day where roses signify romantic love which has been passed down to us from medieval culture of romance. In this work I was motivated by the sociological aspect of giving flowers as emotional gifts to convey love, sorrow, congratulations, thanks … to relay our desire to share at some level in the experience of another. As social beings we have a need to connect with other people whether family, friends or strangers; to share in the events of others, celebratory or tragic, the milestones of life and to remind ourselves that we are not alone. 

Lily My Lily

Lily My Lily

Pastel, graphite on paper.

Speaking with Your Hands

Speaking with Your Hands

Pastel, graphite on newspaper.

Field of Flowers

Field of Flowers

Mixed materials on paper

Golden Giotto and the Waiting

Golden Giotto and the Waiting

Mixed materials on paper.

Carna Means Flesh

Carna Means Flesh

Mixed materials on paper.

Beauty

Beauty

Pastel & acrylic on tracing paper.

Emotive Series (pink)

Emotive Series (pink)

Graphite, pastel on paper.

Emotive Series (purple haze)

Emotive Series (purple haze)

Pencil, pastel, acrylic on paper.

Emotive Series (Red)

Emotive Series (Red)

Pencil, pastel, acrylic on paper.

Emotive Series (Yellow)

Emotive Series (Yellow)

Graphite, pastel, water

Emotive Series (orange & blue)

Emotive Series (orange & blue)

Graphite, pastel on paper.

Emotive Series (Yellow, Red, Orange)

Emotive Series (Yellow, Red, Orange)

Mixed materials on paper.