In the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History
|Original Oil on Canvas, 30" x 40"
"The many faces of orchids are fascinating and mysterious to me. Despite their delicate appearance, the tenacious
orchid species predated and outlived the dinosaur and has adapted and evolved to survive on every continent in the
world except for Antarctica. They are among the oldest flowering plants on the earth. When I painted this portrait of the
Paphiopedilum, more commonly known as the Lady Slipper orchid, my intention was to show its majestic, yet
animal-like nature. I constructed the composition almost architecturally, designing space and time."