In Bloom is an ongoing series of portraits and still lifes inspired by the women around me. It is a collaborative project with friend and local florist Amy Clement, who creates an individual and personalised floral feature for each sitter, as well as a series of corresponding floral arrangements. This series explores individual identity and the connections between people, nature and objects. Painting significant women in my life not only reveals a window into each sitter's world but also into my own, and it allows me time for a special reflection on the bond we have together. Adorning these women with flowers not only adds an ornamental quality to the portraits but it also depicts their importance to me and celebrates the beauty and strength of their femininity. The still lifes offer an expansion to each portrait; a chance to further capture the ephemeral beauty of the botanical features in their individual arrangements and allow new elements to be introduced in connection with the sitter. I was particularly drawn to Amy’s use of unusual, foraged elements and her unique compositions. In the process I am enjoying exploring and conveying the beauty that can be found in familiar and unremarkable natural materials as well as the more traditional floral components.
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