About the Orchid from Ron McHatton, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education - American Orchid Society:
Patricia’s inspiration for this work, Wild Crimson, is a modern man-made hybrid called a Miltassia.The hybridizers brought together two related but
geographically separated orchid genera to produce this hybrid, Brassia and Miltonia. Brassia species have their center of distribution in the
Peruvian Andes radiating outward along western South America through the Caribbean and into southern Florida while Miltonia species are
confined to the eastern Atlantic forests of Brazil, extreme northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay. For many years another group of cooler
growing orchids now called Miltoniopsis were included in Miltonia even though it was clear from the hybridizers that this latter group did not
interbreed at all well with Brassia. We now know from molecular genetic work that this latter group are not all closely related to either genus.
"Orchids have been an object of desire for thousands of years, with a rich cultural history that spans the globe. Some of the earliest references to
orchids in art and literature can be traced back at least 2,500 years, with the earliest written records dating from the time of Confucius around 500
BC. From the perspective of art and cultural evolution, the human fascination with orchids has been compelling, laced with passion, mystery and
intrigue. The over 130,000 man-made hybrid orchids are indicative of our insatiable quest for beauty – and perhaps our desire to access that which
is intrinsically wild within ourselves."
|Detail images of
layers of glazed pigment....
....capturing light and
animating the floral
|Original Oil on Canvas, 30" x 48"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar
Detail images of
Alternating layers of
warm color juxtaposed
with cool creates
drama and vibrancy.