Giverny Close Up

As far back as I can remember flowers have been a source of inspiration for me and my work. I am drawn to their bold colors, contrasting and surprising textures, and their gentle movement in the breeze. They have a universal beauty that lasts throughout the full lifespan of the flower. Even as the flower dies there is, what I call, a "sad beauty” as the petals wilt and shrivel and eventually fall off one-by-one. 

 

In 2018 I had the privilege to experience Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. The grounds were breathtaking, there was the most exquisite sea of colors, larger than life Dahlias, and flowers I had never seen before. The photographs I took from that trip were the initial catalyst for this collection of paintings. I would, however, be remiss not to mention my mother-in-law’s garden in Ireland. Though part of the splendor of Giverny was the density of the flowers, the way Nora (my mother-in-law) has her garden laid out, each plant has its own space allowing you to take a visual breath and enjoy that one single plant for a moment. My decision to paint small groupings or even just a close up of a single flower was so that the viewer can pause and take in the beauty of the flower. My hope is that pause will allow the viewer space to feel the same joy I felt wandering through Monet’s garden and the same serenity and focus I feel when walking the grounds of Nora’s garden.

Prosperity in Pink
Prosperity in Pink

Oil on canvas 16"w x 20"h

Hope
Hope

Oil on canvas 12"w x 16"h

Looking for Fairies
Looking for Fairies

Oil on canvas 30"w x 24"h

Look. Up.
Look. Up.

Oil on canvas 14" x 18"

Setting Sunflowers
Setting Sunflowers

Oil on canvas 18" x 14"

Wandering
Wandering

Oil on canvas 24" x 30"

Beauty in the Chaos in Orange and Red
Beauty in the Chaos in Orange and Red

Oil on canvas 12" x 16" Sold

Moments of Serenity
Moments of Serenity

Oil on canvas 18" x 14" Sold

Monet's Dahlias
Monet's Dahlias

Oil on canvas 24" x 30"

Flowers at Giverny
Flowers at Giverny

Oil on canvas 12" x 16" Sold

Mignon Dahlias
Mignon Dahlias

Oil on canvas 12" x 16" Sold

Delphiniums in Indigo
Delphiniums in Indigo

Oil on canvas 8" x 8" 2020

Purple Untitled
Purple Untitled

Oil on canvas 24" x 30" 2020

Penelope's Peony
Penelope's Peony

Oil on canvas 20" x 16" 2020 Not for sale

Delphiniums for Delphina
Delphiniums for Delphina

Oil on canvas 16" x 20" 2020 Not for sale