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Fake Flowers Last Forever (2019-2021)

Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever
Fake Flowers Last Forever

Mixed media series, 2019-2021. Oil & acrylic-base paintings on both canvas & board; Digital & ink illustrations on screen & paper. All varying sizes.

When I set out with this series—originally a mundane experiment in oil painting technique—the circumstances of my life were pretty great. I had chosen to paint flowers, after all; things couldn't be too bad.

Two months into the process the situation changed with a devastating break-up while living through a cold winter in a Portland warehouse with no heat. I stopped painting flowers realistically, from life, and began contemplating the entire nature of flowers as a human fascination.

A bouquet of 'real' flowers is an armful of death, yet our society still appreciates them far more than a fake flower; something that could maintain beauty forever, but lack the authenticity provided by limited time. Somewhere in all that was a metaphor for what I was working on, but I never did write it down.