Calochortus Venustus

by Yvonne Vander Kooi

Acrylic on canvas, w24″ x 24″

This work “Calochortus Venustusis” is part of a larger series of paintings that are inspired by a 19th century illustrated publication called “Greenhouse Favourites.” The Victorian reader is instructed on the meticulous care, management and cultivation of exotic flowers from around the world in their private conservatories. The book contains colour plates of unusual and boldly hand-painted botanicals that I fell in love with and was thus inspired to paint, hoping to capture, through exaggeration and play, my own unusual series of “Greenhouse Favourites”.