This is a painting of the lush rainforest room of a greenhouse. Paint strokes are immediate and expressive. Color is pink humidity and fresh green life. This is a resin layered painting with high gloss finish giving the painting a high gloss finish that incorporates light into the painting in dynamic ways throughout the day. Reflections work into the painting, or light picks up hidden nuances of the piece. Come close and take refuge.
Earlier this winter, a friend suggested I take a botanical drawing class held at the Smith College Green House. I had visited the greenhouse multiple times as a Smith undergrad (2002 - 2006), but somehow, over the decade, had forgotten this sanctuary existed.
The green house has become a space for me this winter -- a representation of the heart -- it's vitality dependent upon deliberate and consistent tending.
Winter’s dull palette is caught ablaze here: the color palette celebrating a bright and balmy reprieve. The paint strokes are immediate and bold, mirroring the passion and freedom experienced by the heart when it is tended to with tenderness and deliberation.