The Flower in Place


What a Jewel of a Morning (watercolor)

“I started painting flowers because I had children at home so it was difficult to go out; I had to paint what was around and that was flowers in the garden. For years I painted at 10:00 p.m. when the kids went to sleep. I dragged out a board from under the bed and painted right on the floor. That was my studio!” says Arizona artist Diane Maxey. “Once my kids grew up, I could indulge my desire to travel. At the start I just wanted to put that experience into my painting, and then travel became dominant: now I paint my memories of a place. Flowers have moved from being subject matter to becoming an element I can use to evoke a place and express a design.”

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, James Asher has served on the Board of Trustees of the Scottsdale Artists School since 1994. He and his wife, painter Joe Anna Arnett, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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