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: