In the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History
|Original Oil on Canvas, 40" x 30"
"The many faces of orchids are fascinating and mysterious to me. Despite their delicate appearance, the tenacious orchid predated
and outlived the dinosaur and has adapted and evolved to survive on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. They are
among the oldest flowering plants on the earth. When I painted this portrait of the Paphiopedilum, more commonly known as the
Lady Slipper orchid, my intention was to show its majestic, yet animal-like nature. I constructed the composition almost
architecturally, designing space and time."
|THE ORCHID ALLIANCE PROJECT