Flowers ~ Motifs from the Heart
My single most persistent motif. My childhood was filled with flowers. My Grandmother on my Mother’s side, the daughter of a florist, loved flowers and I have descendants of her Lillies of the Valley in my garden. My Father grew roses, zinnias, portulacas, carnations, hollyhawks and gladiolas in profusion. I played house in a tangle of lilac bushes forming a hedge in our backyard. I loved the violets, violas, iris and other blue/purple flowers scattered across our lawns and gardens. My Mother favored her Mother’s geraniums whose pink and red happiness seemed to grow everywhere. The first shape I drew was a flower, oddly shaped and like no other I had seen, but definitely a flower. When we lived in Massachusetts for a year, I fell in love with the exotic terraced gardens of our temporary home. Bleeding hearts, larkspur, peonies, foxglove, primrose and poppies were new to me. It was an enchanting place to sit and read. Flowers & embroidery are a natural & beautiful mix.