Flower painting has interested me beyond the loveliness of the blooms they represent. A history of flower painting can reveal great deceptions over time. A dying rose suggests so many things to me. I chose to work from live flowers that were gifts presented to me by loved ones. I studied these blooms plucked from nature over time by considering the nature of transience and love. As Gaston Bachelard writes: “Perhaps it is better to live in a state of impermanence than one of finality”.