This series evolved from a stained glass window design that I did a few years ago. The design was for a tall, narrow window. Considering the shape and proportions of the window calla lilies were an obvious choice for the central image. I had a scrap piece of watercolor paper, long and narrow, and as I completed the pencil sketch for the window I decided that I would use the scrap to do a watercolor of the design. I began the next day painting three callas in a symmetrical, deco-esque style. I added a teal background and put gold leaf around the flowers. I hung the painting in a gallery and within a week the piece sold. Soon after that I was getting requests from collectors for their own flower and gold leaf paintings.
I have grown, arranged, painted, and loved flowers all of my life. The Floral Portraits Series unfolded naturally and became an ode to flowers, with the gold and silver leaf as the sparkle that lights them up.