Sunday, January 9, 2011

Melissa's Roses- Buy Prints and Donate to Cancer Patients

This painting was done at the request of and for my niece, Melissa Rupoli, who lost her battle with cancer at the tender age of 29 in 2009. Proceeds from the sale of this painting, in any form, will be donated to Gifts of Warmth for Melissa, a non-profit organization to help cancer patients as they fight against this disease. You can view additional information about this organization at

Strange Beauty

I look at flowers and get lost inside. The strange beauty that looks "not of this world". I love painting these images because I take the time to look and study the structure.  I see so many things, each object is an instrument in it's own orchestra, can you hear it?

Georgia O'Keefe once said, "Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself - I'll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.
...Well, I made you take time to look at what I saw.