As this is the immature flower most commonly found in grocery stores, the inflorescence of the artichoke has deep and mysterious layers that reveal the varied color ranges, going from the outer bracts to the inner, softer, edible leaves. This depiction only shows the flowers as a delicate fringe that can irritate the throat if consumed. If left to nature, the artichoke flower matured into a beautiful muppet-like head of purple petals.
original, 12x15” watercolor on Moulin du Roy hotpressed watercolor paper, 2019
A commission for the Eastern Bleeding Heart perennial plant.
original, pen and ink on bristol board, 2018
Water Chestnut Seedpod
Not as eatable as the Asian-native counterpart found in our favorite dishes, this invasive species to New England, United States is quite the nuisance. The plant habit covers the surface of shallow waters and blocks sunlight to native species. Growing prolifically in many areas, it chokes out other water foliage essential to the native fauna. The human impact is on inflatable watercraft that woefully encounter these burred seedpods, which are hard as a rock and more painful to bare feet than a rogue lego.
original, 12x12" ink on 16x16" Arches coldpressed paper, 2018
The canary rockfish is a rockfish of the northeast Pacific Ocean, found from south of Shelikof Strait in the eastern Gulf of Alaska to Punta Colnett in northern Baja California.
original, 12x7" Watercolor on Arches hot press paper, 2017
Hellebore Blooming Stages
Drawn from sketches of the many blooming hellebore species at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, this series depicts the many faces of the ever-varied winter Lenten Rose.
original 14x11” pen and ink