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Original Oil on Canvas, 36" x 60"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar

Phragmipedium kovachii
Artist Notes:
“The inspiration for this painting, Phragmipedium kovachii, is considered by many to be the most striking orchid species discovered in
northeastern Peru. While all Phragmipedium and Paphiopedilum species are strictly controlled by CITES, regulations regarding endangered
species, an estimated 5,000 plants including seedlings were stripped from at least two of the known habitats between its formal description in
2002 and a return to the habitat in 2003 making Obsession an apt title for this work.”
About the Orchid:
The flowers of this species, in addition to being a striking purple color – previously unknown in Phragmipedium, are huge for the genus; reaching
up to 10 inches (24cm) across. The species grows in relatively cool conditions (average mean temperature about 16C [61F] at between 1900 and
2100 meters (6100 – 6800 feet) on steep limestone cliff faces with constant moisture. Little is known with regard to the pollinator of this striking
species although
Phragmipedium kovachii appears to mimic a local Tibouchina species with which it grows, both species flowering between
October and March.   
Detail images of

....Here you can see the
artist's technique of
layering as many as 60
transparent layers of oil
paint glaze to achieve the
ethereal feeling of
rainforest mist.
Detail #2 of

The artist often removes
the top layers of paint to
reveal the underlying
intensity of color layers.
Detail #3 of

Transparent layers of oil paint
glaze allow light to create
luminescent affects, animating
the surfaces from within.
Detail #4 of

Because they are made of
cellulose, plants do not
often leave a fossil record
behind. The artist creates
fossils within her paintings
by pressing  plants or
botanical materials into a
special medium and leaving
their impressions behind....
...bridging art and science.
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