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Helianthus, Dried Sunflower

 

"I kept this dried Sunflower preserved in a box for years frequently studying how I might approach recording this so fragile of treasures. Over time its'  vibrant colour faded, revealing a beautiful, and previously hidden, linear and structural quality.  Offering me significant technical challenges in the recording of its strength, fragility, and opposing colour temperatures, I had no choice but to paint her."

Last Sunflower

 

Hunt Institute 13th International Catalogue.

 

"The Hunt Institute dedicates the 13th International catalogue  in honor of Emerius Curator of Art James J. White, whose tenure at the Hunt Institute (1978 - 2010) had such a positive impact on the lives of numerous contemporary botanical artists throughout the world." 

"After viewing my first botanical paintings at the annual exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists , London, James White invited me to exhibit at the 13th International Exhibition. Sadly I never met him but I am grateful for his encouragement during my first steps as a botanical artist"

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 © 2020 Fiona Strickland

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