CORYBAS: ink and color pencil on vellum 19"x17"
       
     
GHOST ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 36"x23"
       
     
DREAMING CYMBIDIUM: ink and color pencil on vellum 19"x24"
       
     
HIBISCUS MUTABILIS: ink and color pencil on vellum 36"x23"
       
     
LYCSASIA ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 9"x23"
       
     
PHALEONOPSIS APHRODITE ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 11"x24"
       
     
ASPASIA: ink and color pencil on vellum 23"x9"
       
     
CYNOCHES VENTRICOSUM: ink and color pencil on vellum 23"x19"
       
     
CORYBAS: ink and color pencil on vellum 19"x17"
       
     
CORYBAS: ink and color pencil on vellum 19"x17"

These portraits of WildFlowers are based on actual plants, mostly orchids. Mysterious and exotic, orchids evoke many aspects of the human body in their shapes and symmetry. 

GHOST ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 36"x23"
       
     
GHOST ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 36"x23"

In classical mythology Orchis was the son of a nymph and a satyr, and his lustful appetite resulted in his being torn to scattered pieces which grew into the first orchids.

DREAMING CYMBIDIUM: ink and color pencil on vellum 19"x24"
       
     
DREAMING CYMBIDIUM: ink and color pencil on vellum 19"x24"

My fascination with metamorphoses continues in this work, not only with the myth of Orchis, but with the concept of imaginary hybrid forms that contain elements of different species.

HIBISCUS MUTABILIS: ink and color pencil on vellum 36"x23"
       
     
HIBISCUS MUTABILIS: ink and color pencil on vellum 36"x23"

I begin these delicate paper works with motion – splashing, pouring and manipulating different types of ink.

LYCSASIA ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 9"x23"
       
     
LYCSASIA ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 9"x23"

This dynamic composition introduces an element of chance into the work and provides the structure upon which I layer image and texture. My technique echoes the theme of the hybrid or chimera, as I combine different images.

PHALEONOPSIS APHRODITE ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 11"x24"
       
     
PHALEONOPSIS APHRODITE ORCHID: ink and color pencil on vellum 11"x24"

Maybe these are portraits of some of the many forms as yet unknown to us, species waiting to be discovered.

ASPASIA: ink and color pencil on vellum 23"x9"
       
     
ASPASIA: ink and color pencil on vellum 23"x9"
CYNOCHES VENTRICOSUM: ink and color pencil on vellum 23"x19"
       
     
CYNOCHES VENTRICOSUM: ink and color pencil on vellum 23"x19"