Paula Dow: Creation inspiring, inviting and drawing me in.
We asked Oregon paper artist Paula Dow to define Botanical Realism in their own words after completing the series.
Creation. Working with four incredible instructors then making their flowers is a study in Creation. Opening my eyes, they helped me see the rim around each Daisy petal, speckles on a Shirley Poppy, and the amazing bare Poppy seed pod or the shine of the Buttercup flower and the perfect way the petals fit. Hydrangeas are the feast of petals and pips. Creation inspiring, inviting and drawing me in. Creation filling me and rising in me. I did my best to imitate Mother Nature and recreate each flower.