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Windswept Brasso
Original Oil on Canvas, 60" x 48"
Gallery Wrapped on 1 1/2" Depth Stretcher Bar

Brassovola nodosa
Artist Notes:
“My painting process involves 60-80 transparent layers of oil color over a sculptured groundwork of fossilized botanical impressions. My paintings
begin as sculptures, where I press botanical materials into a special medium; some of these imprints are actual orchid flowers. On this
foundation, I begin stacking layers of transparent oil paint glaze, creating abstract fields of color. These backgrounds are complete abstract
paintings in and of themselves, their interwoven organic shapes appearing like ghostly fossils. I create my own naturalistic vocabulary of
reoccurring shapes, designs, textures and colors, coaxing the painted surface to capture light and animate from within. Upon these botanic
tapestries I paint the diverse architecture of the orchid - an elegant icon of evolution.”
About the Orchid:
Windswept Brasso takes its inspiration from Brassavola nodosa, a widespread species found from Mexico southward through Central America to
Colombia and Venezuela. The history of this species dates back nearly 100 years before the Linnean system of binomial names was established.
Described and pictured in 1691 and again in 1698, it was the first tropical orchid to be cultivated in Europe.  
Detail images of
Windswept Brasso....

....By using transparent
layers of oil paint glaze, the
artist overlays colors
which, if mixed together on
the  palette, would not
have their original integrity
or intensity.
Detail #2 of
Windswept Brasso....

The colors achieved on the
completed work are
created by the stacking of
transparent layers-one on
top of the other-as
opposed to mixing on the
palette. The color
perceived by the eye is
composed of many layers of
interwoven color and
Detail #3 of
Windswept Brasso....

The botanical impressions
often take on a resemblance
to other forms in nature. The
paintings imply the
relatedness of nature, of
which humans are a part. The
impressions of the plant
fronds in this painting appear
like a human spine or perhaps
even an insect.  
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