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Alice B
Original Oil on Canvas, 48" x 72"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar

Cattleya Alice B
Artist Notes:
“I was inspired to paint this orchid by my many visits to Longwood Gardens.  After studying the magnificent Cattleya Alice B. duPont orchid, I also
became interested in the rich historical background associated with the woman behind the plant. Alice B. duPont was the wife of Pierre S. duPont,
renowned American industrialist, horticulturalist, philanthropist and innovator. The painting, “Alice B”, was featured in my solo exhibition at
Longwood where I paid tribute not only to an orchid of preeminent beauty, but also to an inspiring woman of grand spirit, vitality, sophistication and
elegance. I am often asked how long it took to complete the painting given the complexity of my artistic process. Over an underlying groundwork of
sculpted botanical impressions, I stacked 70 layers of transparent oil paint, illuminating the subtle shades and patterns formed by the petal’s
ruffled white landscape. “Alice B” took nearly two years to complete, from the beginning of my first creative insight to the last brush stroke of my
signature. Yet, I believe the circular essence of a painting’s existence is not complete until it finds its way into the experiences of others."
Detail images of
Alice B....

The artist's large scale
orchids appear like
landscapes where light and
shadow reveal the
sensuous beauty of the
floral form.
Detail images of
Alice B....

Background textures and vibrant brush strokes
beckon the viewer to linger and explore.
Detail images of
Alice B....

The orchids painted on the surfaces draws the
viewer... like a pollinator to a nectar reward.
Original Oil Paintings           Etchings
Read more in the January 2012 Orchids magazine article

Painting displayed in a 2011 Solo Exhibition at Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
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