Linda Stewart Henley
I paint native plants of the Pacific Coast. Mostly I paint in situ. My work does not follow the style of traditional botanical paintings, since the renderings are not as precise and, while representative and readily recognizable, are not scientific. What interests and challenges me about painting flowers is capturing their character and developing a pleasing composition. I find painting meditative, in part because while detailing the stem, flowers, and leaves it is necessary to develop a quiet relationship with the plant, which is uniquely calming. I am constantly amazed at the details of the individual flowers, which have designs all their own with often-elaborate petals, stamens and pollination requirements. If viewers of my work can come away with even a small sense of wonder at the artistry of nature in even the smallest flower, I will consider my efforts worthwhile.