Paintings by Fiona Craig
Vivid and colorful paintings of flowers native to Australia.
I often depict flora that have cultural and historical allusions, such as the iconic New South Wales state emblem, the waratah. A couple of my favourites are flowers that even caused 'maladies' when they first appeared on the European scene (i.e. 'Tulipomania' and 'Orchid Fever'), the tulip and the orchid. Factors that also inform my choice of subject matter include shape, colour and a sense of mood. Rendering large paintings with dramatic composition, tone, colour, and brushstroke, my intention is not only to draw attention to the beauty of the subject, but also to preserve the ephemeral in an almost monumental scale that imbues it with a timeless quality.