A Flower Artist's Statement

Once upon a time, flowers were not considered Art.  They were the inspiration for paintings, contributors to medicines, or the maskers of odor, but not themselves Art.

 Vase of Flowers, by Jan Davidsz de Heem. 1670

Vase of Flowers, by Jan Davidsz de Heem. 1670

This has most definitely changed.  In fact, I would argue that flowers have become another medium of Fine Art Sculpture, and it is as a Fine Art that I approach my work as a floral designer.

Each variety of flower or foliage possesses a unique structure and capability to enhance the meaning and intensity of an overall composition.

 Petit Flower box inspired by   Catherine Muller's   Concept Class in Paris

Petit Flower box inspired by Catherine Muller's Concept Class in Paris

You have only to look at The De Young Museum's "Bouquets to Art," The Philadelphia Flower Show, or any of AIFD's Symposium presentations to see that this is true.

 Bike Towers at the 2017 PHS Flower Show

Bike Towers at the 2017 PHS Flower Show

For years, I have been fascinated by the Victorian's Secret Language of Flowers, in which every plant had a specific meaning.  A special pleasure of mine to add sprigs of ivy to wedding bouquets and boutineers, knowing that ivy symbolizes loyalty and fidelity.

 Ivy overload bouquet inspired by Catherine Muller in Paris.

Ivy overload bouquet inspired by Catherine Muller in Paris.

I believe that in this "age of mechanical reproduction" we are thirsting to reconnect with our roots, with the primal call to the wild.  I know I am not alone (What happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets? by Robin Stein).

 Call to the Wild bouquet inspired by Catherine Muller in Paris.

Call to the Wild bouquet inspired by Catherine Muller in Paris.

My luxury centerpieces are infused with the aura of pods, vines and Poke Berry, the most invasive of weeds.  The textures of the uncommon, and ephemeral elements of a moment inspire and motivate my art.

 Wedding Centerpiece

Wedding Centerpiece

Working with Nature, it is impossible to become bored.  Before you can blink the mood has changed and the season is new.

 Plein Air painting at AHS River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia

Plein Air painting at AHS River Farm in Alexandria, Virginia

Next Week: Please join me as I travel to the Dominican Republic for Part I of an Island Styled shoot!