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Floral Portraits in Watercolors and Metal Leaf

Photo of Nara painting Asian Poppy III

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. This 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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Asian Poppy 2

This is a commissioned painting for someone who was inspired by the original "Asian Poppy". I guess I'm not the only one who loves Asian Poppies.
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Asian Poppy 2
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Twilight Rose” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Twilight 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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Dogwood” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Dogwood
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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Begonia” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Moonlight on the Water” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Moonlight on the Water
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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Gardenia” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Gardenia
Watercolor & 24k Gold 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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Springtime at Shell Beach” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Springtime at Shell Beach
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf 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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Peace Rose” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Peace Rose
Watercolor & 24k Gold 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 $500

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

The framed original of “Mango Calla” is available. To see the painting mounted and in its frame, and for information on how to purchase the painting click here.
Mango Calla
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"
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Asian Poppy

Asian poppy’s are another of my preferred flowers. Of course, they are lovely in their pink, orange, and red colors, but the thing that endears them to me is the wild stem that they grow. It runs this way, then that, and reminds me of dancers. One of my Asian poppy paintings alludes to this in its name; “Shimmy in the Garden”.
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Asian Poppy
Watercolor/24k Gold Leaf on Paper SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Asian Poppy
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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
A Perfect Night
Watercolor & Silver 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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Sunlight on the Water
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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Twice in a Blue Moon
Watercolor & Silver 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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Calla 3
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 SOLD

Each floral portrait is a one-of-a-kind painting. I don’t make reproductions of watercolors that have metal leaf applied to them. If you see a painting that you admire and would like something similar let me know. I can paint a watercolor that specifically suits you.

Floral portraits are painted on 140 lb, cold pressed paper and are provided matted and framed.

All purchases are processed through PayPal. Shipping charges are included in the total. The cost of shipping is not calculated by PayPal until a purchase is made. Shipping costs are calculated by distance from California. It is suggested that you contact me before purchasing so that shipping can be accurately calculated prior to your making payment. 8.25% sales tax is applied to all sales originating in California.

To see the painting mounted and in its frame click here.
Height of Summer
Watercolor & 24k Gold Leaf on Paper    18" x 6"