|Structures of flowers|
Flowers are Nature's own paintings: as seemingly useless as they are beautiful; and as essential in making life worth living. For me, the parallel is enhanced by the similarity between petals and brushstrokes. On a more technical level, flowers are, simultaneously, semi-opaque three-dimensional objects and semi-transparent colour filters. A bouquet, therefore, rather than being just subjected to external lighting conditions, divides the space it finds itself in into a multitude of areas lighted in slightly different hues. So that's how I approach painting flowers — trying to make my brushstrokes turn into petals, and let them organize the internal space of the painting.