Meet Myrtill…

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There is a cactus, named Whortleberry, that I am obsessed with. It is a large cactus, over 10′ tall that has such intriguing small dark burgundy clustered buds. From those tiny clustered buds come the most graceful 1″ in diameter translucent white flowers. Unless you look directly at this cactus you would never notice the buds or flowers. Last  year I took a photo of it while on a neighborhood walk and then searched the botanical gardens here to find the one large specimen they had. It’s the first one that blooms in Spring and I’m surprised how few people stop and look at it.

I have been working on this painting for months in an attempt to capture just what a magical cactus it is!

Myrtill
18″ x 36″
Oil on Canvas

Are you ready for the Super Bloom?

SUPER BLOOM?

According to LA Magazine there is an excellent chance that California will experience it’s second Super Bloom since 2017 with the previous one being  in 2008. These rare wildflower carpeted fields are often caused by a thoroughly wet winter. In Arizona, we are already seeing proof of this on Lone Mountain where my studio space is located. Daily hikes up the mountain have revealed wild poppies, Gravel Ghost, Notchleaf Phacelia, and Brittlebush already in full bloom (see photos below). The white Gravel Ghost flower gets it’s name because the stems are so very thin that from a distance it appears the flowers are floating above the ground. For a botanical artist, all this early color is providing exciting inspiration and raised hope that it will carry over for our blossoming cacti as well! Hoping you will check out the article link and plan a visit to California or the Arizona desert to see this amazing event yourself. You just need to make sure you pack your allergy meds! 🙂


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SOLD! 

Agavamericana is a recent painting that sold before it was completed. Such an amazing compliment to an artist when a collector can envision the completion of a piece of work and share in the excitement for the completion of it as much as I am.

Carolyn has been a collector of my artwork since I was located in St. Charles on Cedar Avenue. She originally purchased a painting of mine when her daughter had indicated how perfect it would look in her new home in Texas. Shortly after that, Carolyn commissioned a piece as a wedding gift to her daughter that featured her daughter’s wedding bouquet flowers. Now, Carolyn has purchased this piece to hang in her own home! I am thrilled to see it there and honored to have such a supportive collector of my artwork that will last a lifetime.