Iris Garden , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Iris Garden, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Lillium , hand formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 40” x 60”

Lillium, hand formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 40” x 60”

Bay of the Guilia , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Bay of the Guilia, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Creeping Rose , hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 28” x 36”

Creeping Rose, hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 28” x 36”

Lady Slipper , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Lady Slipper, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Dahlia , hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 22” x 28”

Dahlia, hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 22” x 28”

Morning Glorioso , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 28”

Morning Glorioso, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 28”

Peony , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 28”

Peony, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 28”

Inagatium Suspectus , hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 30” x 40”

Inagatium Suspectus, hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 30” x 40”

Psychedelia Rosacius , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Psychedelia Rosacius, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Red Tulip , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 28”

Red Tulip, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 28”

Hortus Verustas , hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 28” x 36”

Hortus Verustas, hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 28” x 36”

Wildario Rosaria , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Wildario Rosaria, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 26” x 30”

Creeping Rose II , hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 8” x 10”

Creeping Rose II, hand-formed Reeves BFK on archival board, 8” x 10”

Yellow Tulips , colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 328”

Yellow Tulips, colored pencil on BFK Reeves, 22” x 328”

This work is about the context of imagination for creating a fantasy world. The flowers are interpreted from memory, not actual depictions of existing species. They reflect the historical influence of the portraiture-like studies made by the European Botanical Artists of the turn of the century. The colored pencil drawings are spontaneous and direct, and focus on the fantastical fluidity of line. The waxy medium of the pencil gives a sheen and vibrancy to the color. Both the line and gesture of the drawings inform the paper sculpture. In these reliefs the flowers grow without restraint, beyond the boundaries of the frames. The paper sculptures and drawings are made from the same French rag paper. The flowers are hand formed, each petal, hand cut, shaped and adhered with an archival glue.