On February 14, 2012, Arizona celebrated its centennial as the last of the forty-eight contiguous states to gain statehood. I hold Arizona near and dear to my heart, and although it is not my native state, it is my home. It was here that I found my ability to paint and here where I began my art career in 1990 in a little gallery in Scottsdale. Arizona has provided not only inspiration, but also loyal patrons who have collected the work of my hands and heart.
While studying painting at Arizona State University in the late eighties, one of the first things I painted was a rose from the back yard of my Mesa home. Since then, I have continued to explore the rose in my paintings. Each spring and fall I spend a good deal of time photographing the extensive rose collection at Mesa Community College.
Each rose in this painting represents ten years of Arizona statehood, totaling 100 years. The various colors of the roses, united in a heart shape, represent the diversity of our home here in the Southwest. The roses were grown in Arizona soil and bloomed at the Mesa Community Rose Garden. The original painting was exhibited in Arizona Valentine at the Phoenix Sky Harbor Museum in 2011- 2012. It is now a part of their permanent collection. Happy Anniversary, Arizona.
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Edition of 100
Giclee on Canvas