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Purple Passionflower
Passiflora incarnata
A weedy vine with a most complicated flower. Its common name refers not to sexual passion, but to the passion of Jesus: the five stamens suggest the five wounds of his crucifixion; the fringed corona, his crown of thorns. It is also called “Maypop” because its egg-shaped fruits make a popping sound when stepped on. However, despite the name, the fruits don’t appear until mid-summer. They are supposed to contain a delicious pulp, but the ones I found were hollow, except for seeds.

Traditionally, the roots of the plant were used as an anti-spasmodic and sedative. Modern research confirms that root extracts are mildly sedative and slightly reduce blood pressure.

Watercolor - sold
9” x 13 5/8” giclee prints available

Transitions
After the death of my mother in September 2009, an artist friend sent me a bountiful bouquet of white lilies in bud. I sketched them as they opened, but it was the spent lilies that fell onto my tabletop that spoke to me: they were dead, yet they were still changing. There was movement and beauty in the curls of their petals. I drew them in red tones – red being the color of blood and life.

Color pencil sold

9 ½” x 10” giclee prints available


Ginseng
Panax quinquefolium
For centuries, this woodland plant has been famous as magical cure-all. In the 1700s, Jesuit missionaries created a booming demand for American ginseng in China. Fortunes were made in exporting it. Daniel Boone hunted ginseng to pay off his ever-present debts from land speculation. Today ginseng is still agressively hunted, causing it to be listed as a threatened species. Most herbalists classify ginseng as an “adaptogen” which supports the body in times of stress.

Most commonly, the ginseng root is depicted propped up like a priapic “little man”. (The name “ginseng” is thought to derive from the Chinese word schin-shen or “man-plant”.) But the root I drew looked plump and feminine, as senusous as an odalisque. I took the artistic license to curl its long stem into a womb-like shape around its recumbent golden root.

Watercolor sold
10” x 16” giclee prints available

 

Black Cohosh
Cimicifuga racemosa
Watercolor and graphite, a medicinal botanical painting for "Lucy Meriwhether Lewis Marks: Virginia Planter and Doctoress (1752-1837) a multidimensional exhibit at the Monticello Library planned for 2009

31" x 25 1/2"

 

Puttyroot
Aplectrum hyemale
Watercolor, graphite,
colored pencil


 


Bitterroot
Lewisia rediviva
Watercolor and graphite, giclee prints available. Done for the 2006 exhibit,
"The Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark"
at the Cocoran Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC 2006:

10" x 6 3/4"

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Arrowleaf Balsamroot
Balsamorhiza sagittata
Watercolor and graphite.
Done for the 2006 exhibit,
"The Botanical Treasures of Lewis and Clark"
at the Cocoran Gallery of Art,
Washington, DC 2006.

53" x 24
"

 

 

Downey Rattlesnake-Plantain
Goodyera pubescens
Watercolor, graphite,
colored pencil

 

 

 

 

"Subdivisions #1"
Watercolor,
graphite, colored pencil

 



"Subdivisions #2"
Watercolor,
graphite, colored pencil

 

"Cherry Belle"
Watercolor

 

 

Virginia Bluebell
Mertensia Virginica
Watercolor and graphite

 

 

 

 

 

White House Christmas Tree 2007
Ornament designed and created for the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park 

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Canon at Cedar Creek
Doorway at Belle Grove
Wood Turtle, a rate species in the Park
Hawthorne bloom, another rare species in the Park

 

 

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