Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nature Morte

Inspired by the carcass of an Eastern Hercules beetle I found in my yard, I painted an imaginary floral still life to honor and display it. It is 16" x 20" in gouache on canvas, with faux gold leaf applied to the wooden frame. I also constructed a small box lined with rose-colored velvet to hold the insect.

This work has been accepted by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles Illustration West 51 competition:

Months later, I found another of these gorgeous beetles alive on my carport:


  1. such an amazing beetle, i have never seen it. wonder if it is related to a rhino ;-)

    your flowers are wonderfully fun, they take me to another world, or at least country.

  2. Thank you so much. Happy Belated Birthday--you are stunning in your friend's portraits.