Valerie Lloyd

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Henri Matisse

Nature somehow always manages to defy its own disasters with the quiet emergence of a bold yet fragile efflorescence.  It is in this act that we find glimpses of glory, a bold beauty that refuses to quit.

The flowers you see in Emergence have been painted over the last year of my life.  They have been birthed in a particularly difficult chapter of my own experience.  They almost forced their way out, I felt compelled to paint them.  Flowers have been painted for centuries, symbolizing multiple things.  For me: in darkness, unknowns and adversity, the act of painting color, light, and fragility was a necessary expression.