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Floral Portraits

Nara sitting before a waterfall, painting in a field of calla lilies

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.

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Carnelian Cascade

Watercolor painting of a cascade of orange begonias over a blue field and surrounded in gold leaf.
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Carnelian Cascade
Watercolor on Paper, Framed
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Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
Carnelian Cascade is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Carnelian Cascade
Watercolor on Paper/24kt Gold Leaf    18" x 6"
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Papuan Black Orchid

Watercolor painting of Papuan Black Orchid surrounded in 24kt gold leaf.
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Papuan Black Orchid
Watercolor on Paper, Framed
$750
The framed original of Papuan Black Orchid is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.
Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Papuan Black Orchid
Watercolor on Paper/24kt Gold Leaf    18" x 6"
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California Poppies

Watercolor painting of California poppies blooming on a hillside overlooking the Pacific.
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California Poppies
Watercolor on Paper, Framed
$750
The framed original of California Poppies is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.
Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
California Poppies is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

California Poppies
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 6"
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Christmas Camellia

Watercolor painting of a Christmas Camellia branch with snow-laden blossoms in a wintery landscape.
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Christmas Camellia
Watercolor on Paper, Framed
$750
The framed original of Christmas Camellia is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.
Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Shipping/Insurance

I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Christmas Camellia
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 6"
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Peace Rose

In the spirit of the season I painted this peace rose surrounded by sunlight reflected on water. May the end of this year be peaceful and light-filled for all of you my friends.
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Peace Rose
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
$750
The framed original of Peace Rose is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.
Fine Art Giclée Print
Not Available
Metal Prints
Peace Rose is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
Framing

Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.

Shipping/Insurance

I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Peace Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Dogwood

Dogwood trees have always enchanted me. I appreciate their delicacy, the texture of the flowers, and their ability to grow and bloom in harsh climates. I used to stare out the classroom window at an old and beautiful dogwood tree in bloom. I was hardly able to concentrate on my schoolwork because the tree was so captivating.
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Dogwood
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
$750

The framed original of Dogwood is available. To see the painting in its frame click here.

Metal Prints
Dogwood is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
Framing
Check out my Framing Methods and Materials page to get a sense of my approach to framing. Please contact me if you have further questions.
Shipping/Insurance

I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Dogwood
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Empress of the Night

An Empress of the Night in full bloom is a gorgeous and equally brief presentation of what it is to be open, full, brilliant, and alive. They bloom once a year for a single night. As you can see, they hold nothing back. They make the night and their time count.
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Empress of the Night
Watercolor on Paper, Framed
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Fine Art Giclée Print
$57

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
Empress of the Night is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Empress of the Night
Watercolor on Paper    18" x 8"
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Japanese Iris

Japanese iris are a staple of the Northern California late winter flowers. I love it when they begin to bloom.
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Japanese Iris
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper, Framed
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Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
Japanese Iris is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
Shipping/Insurance

I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Japanese Iris
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Calla Beauty

Calla Beauty is the sixth portrait I have done of Calla Lilies. I love the structure of the flowers and leaves, both. Calla's are beautiful sculptural forms.
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Calla Beauty
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper, Framed
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Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
Calla Beauty is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Calla Beauty
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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A Perfect Night

A chrysanthemum in its perfection being viewed with the light of the full moon. In Japan there is a tradition of inviting guests to your garden when the chrysanthemum is in perfect bloom, timing the gathering with the full moon. A night of taking in beauty, quiet wonderment with a little green tea.
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A Perfect Night
Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
A Perfect Night is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

A Perfect Night
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Night of the Heart

Watercolor painting of orange marigold viewed over a full moonlit ocean and adorned with silver leaf.
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Night of the Heart
Original Watercolor on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
$45

Giclées are printed on Cold Press Bright White paper; 310g, water-resistant, and made from 100% cotton fiber, acid and lignin free.

Metal Prints
Night of the Heart is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
Shipping/Insurance

I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Night of the Heart
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Mango Calla

I really like painting calla lilies. The flowers are so strong, and their form is so classic. The leaves, too, are so supple, and are such a pleasing shape. I have painted a number of them, mostly white. So, I thought I would try another color since they appear in such an array of vibrant colors. Voilà, a mango calla.
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Mango Calla
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
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Mango Calla is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Mango Calla
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Asian Poppy 2

I always have Asian Poppies on hand every spring. The lively but simple structure and the bold colors are a welcome sight at winter's end.
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Asian Poppy 2
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
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Asian Poppy 2 is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Asian Poppy 2
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Twilight Rose

I have a friend who does organic farming on Taveuni Island in Fiji. She lived near me in West Sonoma County for a few years, and grew magnificent roses; breathtaking actually. She made rose jam from the roses. I never tasted anything like it. Every morning she went into her rose garden and hand-picked the aphids off the petals. She would allow nothing to taint the flavor of that delicious, pink concoction that paired so well with Screaming Mimi’s vanilla ice cream. Here’s to you, Amy! Fiji is lucky to have you.
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Twilight Rose
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
Fine Art Giclée Print
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Twilight Rose is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Twilight Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Begonia

I fell for begonias the first time that I visited the begonia house at the Mendocino Botanical Gardens. I was surrounded by blooming begonias in every color. I remember turning, bending, and going on tiptoe, to catch the best views of each flower. Ever since then I have been growing begonias, enjoying their beauty at each stage of their life. This is a portrait of one from last year.
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Begonia
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
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Begonia is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Begonia
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Moonlight on the Water

Maybe this is a nighttime, full-moon view from the shore of Lake Biwa, on the island of Honshu in Japan. I’ll know it when I see it.
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Moonlight on the Water
Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Moonlight on the Water
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Springtime at Shell Beach

The northern coast of California is rugged and oozing beauty. Calla lilies line Highway 1 adjacent to dunes and ice plant. I love the sea, I love the sun, I love calla lilies. Does it get better?
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Springtime at Shell Beach
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Springtime at Shell Beach is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Springtime at Shell Beach
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Calla 2

I have always been a great admirer of the calla lily. I love the structural quality of the flower and plant, the simplicity of line. I love it that you can find these flowers growing wild along the California coast.
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Calla 2
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Calla 2 is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Calla 2
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Sunlight on the Water

Looking at the sunlight on the water has been a lifelong enjoyment. There is just nothing quite like it. Peace is what happens to me when I sit and contemplate the brilliant patterns of light dancing on water.
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Sunlight on the Water
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Sunlight on the Water is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Sunlight on the Water
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Height of Summer

Dahlias are another flower that I grow and admire. I delight in their beauty, structure, and striking colors.This painting is a continuation of my flower series. This time I drew inspiration from Art Nouveau, creating a detailed halo to further celebrate the central dahlia.
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Height of Summer
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Height of Summer is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Height of Summer
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Cataleya

I was six years old when I moved to Fiji. My favorite service when I arrived was caring for the orchids in the large orchid house that was already established. The orchid house was a large reed and thatch bure; a Fijian-style structure. The airy building was filled with orchids of many varieties and colors. My favorites were the Catalayas with their large, frilly petals and soft, pastel colors.
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Cataleya
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Cataleya is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Cataleya
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Lightfall

When I asked a friend what his favorite flower is, he replied "a Japanese maple, even though it is not a flower." I agreed wholeheartedly. Maples have the most amazing delicacy, and their leaves change to flower-like colors each year. Their branches come in all kinds of shapes and textures, and some of them also change color with the seasons.
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Lightfall
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Light Fall is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Lightfall
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Twice in a Blue Moon

I hung the bright moon on a pine-branch there;
   Then took it off,
      and hung it on elsewhere.


               Hokushi
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Twice in a Blue Moon
Watercolor/Fine Silver Leaf on Paper
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Twice in a Blue Moon
Watercolor & Silver Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Gardenia

Gardenia bushes lined the front of my bure (Fijian-style thatch-roofed house) on Naitauba Island in Fiji. When the gardenia’s bloomed hundreds of the fragrant, white flowers dressed up my simple quarters. The fragrance was overwhelming. I swoon just thinking about it.
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Gardenia
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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Fine Art Giclée Print
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Gardenia is available in high gloss metal print form for interior or exterior use. Have a look....
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Gardenia
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Calla 3

A number of people have asked me to paint a calla lily similar to my original painting. I always enjoy it. The forms are so much fun to play with, and the gold leaf “pops” the flower out of the background marvelously.
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Calla 3
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper
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I carefully package and insure every artwork I send out. I have set the shipping rate for giclées to $20.00 and framed artworks to $60.00. Larger pieces are likely to be more. If shipping costs vary significantly I will contact you with the adjusted fees.

Calla 3
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"

Nara standing in a fiels of California poppies.