the language of flowers

botanical art 

My botanic work is exhibited at the following over 2018:

Beauty from the Bush: Botanical Art of Western Australian Flora, Avocados, Kelmscott, Australia.

Botanica: Symbiosis The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, Australia.

Vasse Art Awards Vasse Primary School, Vasse, Australia. 

Wanneroo Community Art Awards Wanneroo Gallery, Wanneroo, Australia.


These paintings and murals are part of series of flower portraits of endemic wildflowers and their pollinators. The series focuses on the South West corner of Western Australia and the northern boreal forests of Manitoba, Canada. Both are  bio-diversity hotspots – significant for their wildflowers. I have lived in both areas and they hold a special significance to me. The body of botanical work includes large scale portraits of wildflowers (and pollinators) – rare and/or endangered and/or little known but important and beautiful. I magnify them to in order to expose the intricacies of the form, colours and patterns of these delicate organisms. 


Beauty from the Bush: Botanical Art of Western Australian Flora

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Lilium philadelphicum 2

Watercolour on Archival 100% Cotton Rag. The Wood Lily is endemic to Central and Eastern Canada in boreal woodlands. The Wood lily is threatened because of rarity in Manitoba. It holds a special place in the hearts of many prairie Canadians who remember it from their childhood for its bright abundance and the signal of spring at last in the frozen muskeg bogs of the Northern Manitoba boreal forests. Thanks to Doug Lauvstad for reference photographs. Photo - Christophe Canato