I approach painting and floral work in much the same way. I am always drawn first to color. I have my “favorite colors” like everyone does, but the longer I work with color, the more interested I have become in odd parings, in seeing something work out unexpectedly. I don’t like hot pink, for example. I may even despise hot pink. But, there it is, next to something all lavenders and creams or in a peach toned piece and, tucked down in the bottom, it elevates the arrangement. I like seeing these surprises. In the same way, I like to paint something that will surprise me a little. I like to draw a character that makes me laugh, or I like to lay water out and coax color in a direction, not sure of what will happen. The feeling of having a conversation with my work is vital to me. This is where I draw the line between being a traditional florist and being a traditional artist. I have found my place somewhere in between these two definers. I relate to both and I cringe at both. I think of myself as someone aiming to be as free as possible while creating visual emotional content. Floral artist? Maybe. I haven’t decided yet.
For both painting and arranging flowers, I take my main inspiration from the outdoors. I spend a lot of time outside and this is where my steam comes from. I love to work with large branches in a sculptural way, I love to harvest the tiny, weedy, speedwell flowers from the lawn. I am passionate about sustainability and the environment. I am excited about anything local grown and use as much as possible. I use a kenzan or chickenwire mostly and I like old vessels. For painting, I use 140lb Arches hot press paper, graphite and Schmincke watercolors. If works are framed I have used found frames collected from second hand shops and estate sales. This form of reuse is important to me and again, brings an element of conversation into my practice.