When you think of the most famous floral painting, Monet's water lilies will always rank among the top. I knew I wanted to recreate them in paper flowers, the challenge came with selecting which one. Monet painted over 300 canvases full of his tranquil pond at Giverny, his home. I spent countless hours searching for the right one.
When I was in high school I dropped biology for an independent study in the art of the '60s. My guidance counselor didn't think it was a good idea, but none the less I persisted and was allowed to take the class. As I take this journey of masterpiece recreation I had to make a stop at Warhols Flowers, they not only so perfectly represent the spirit of the '60s .
When I was a teenager I first visited New York City. One of the clearest memories I have of that trip was seeing van Gogh's paintings in person for the first time. It literally brought tears to my eye's in a way that no other work of art had ever done. I had seen van Gogh's work reproduced in but the feeling of seeing it in person, the feeling I got. . . It's never left.
Making the yellow bearded iris and a red-and-white striped tulip, roses, a blue-and-white columbine, fritillaria, grape hyacinth, cyclamen, lily of the valley, forget-me-not, globeflowers, and a sprig of rosemary was a true challenge. I hand painted or printed all of the paper I used, experimenting with several papers, pigments and techniques to achieve this amazing array of flowers! It took over two years on and off to finally bring Bosschaert’s stunning bouquet to life.