In the 1960’s when I was about 12 years old, we were re-decorating my bedroom and my mother asked what wallpaper I would like on the walls. After wading through a selection of wallpaper books, I chose a floral wallpaper very similar to the first image below. The wallpaper had a dark, almost black background with large pink roses and other flowers, my mother looked a bit taken back with the dark background but I managed to persuade her and when we finished decorating the room, it looked amazing. In fact, everyone loved it and looking back I now consider myself a bit of a trendsetter because no one had ever seen anything like it. Maybe it was here that my love of flowers began. Botanicals are not just a current trend, they have featured in paintings and textiles for centuries and looking at these images, I feel they will continue to do so for many more, whatsmore, I will continue to incorporate them into my paintings and explore new ways of portraying them. If you would like to see some of my large floral paintings, please visit my profile at Parnell Gallery.
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are in the world