Lasting infinitely longer than a bunch of real flowers, my original flowerscape paintings are a gift from the heart. Valentines, for me, is a celebration of love in all its manifestations and the perfect opportunity to acknowledge those who are important to you. For thousands of years, the middle of February has been a time for fertility festival celebrations and, as flowers symbolise fertility, love, marriage, and romance, it is no wonder that Valentine’s Day flowers are a popular choice for unique Valentine’s gifts, as they signify all that is good and hold promises of hope. I also believe flowers to be full of magic.
Perhaps it is this mystical quality which makes so many of you write to tell me how you have been inspired by my unique glitter-strewn flowerscapes. I am always so deeply moved and humbled to receive these correspondence and it is wonderful to hear how my work can touch people’s lives. It is why I paint.
Sustainable Gifts for Valentine’s Day
Giving a gift which can be kept forever helps in the fight towards sustainability and flies in the face of the ‘throw-away’ culture we sadly find ourselves in. Shop from small businesses that are celebrated for their ecologically-sound practices, make your own cards, and find sustainable Valentine’s presents that recycle, repurpose, or restore. Consider giving your significant other flowers that never wilt by choosing a unique flowerscape painting – just as beautiful as the real thing, but will last forever. The gesture can signify the longevity of your love, and the enjoyment lasts forever in your happy home. Whichever route you choose for keeping things a little greener this Valentine’s Day, you’ll find added romance in the non-commercial approach.
On Love (excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran)
I love this poem. Love, like a flower, is a fragile and precious thing. It is an opportunity to have our best and most beautiful aspects reflected. Occasionally, as illuminated in this poem, it can also be challenging. However, it is often when in these very places that we can truly blossom and our true colours shine more brightly!
Love is complex and wonderful.
We have to be brave to allow our hearts to be crashed open. Love takes courage and, like a flower, is delicate and strong and oh so beautiful…
“When love beckons to you follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning. Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth……
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears. Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.”
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully.”
This is part of the reason why I choose to paint flowers. They easily communicate love. I have been creating a Valentines collection infused with all that is good. My Devon flowerscapes are painted to exude joy and sing songs of tenderness. The delicacy and detail of the individual flowers in contrast to the wild energy of the background meadowland creates magic; a kind of alchemy. Like love itself, my paintings are fragile and strong.
Unique Valentine’s Gifts with Heart
Many of you write to tell me that you love my artwork and that you have long wished to have an original painting, printed canvas or fine art print to display in a special place in your home to ensure that the kaleidoscopic wildflowers could touch your heart forever.
They say that you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. No matter what is going on in your life now, the random, joyous memories you share with a loved one never fail to make you smile when reflected upon. The sweetest memories create a place where you can revisit special moments. My framed print entitled ‘Sweetest Memories’ makes a unique Valentine’s gift for that person in your life with whom you share the fondest moments.
I Am So Full of Love
To love a person is to see all of their magic. “I Am So Full Of Love” is a limited edition printed canvas which I’ve hand-embellished and finished with oils, gold leaf and glitter before being titled, numbered and signed. These unique Valentine’s gifts are infused with a tumult of love; I take great pride in embellishing my printed canvasses so that each piece is totally unique. A luxury Valentine’s gift such as this is a truly special offering; something thoughtful and which can be kept and cherished forever.
These miniature originals are little pops of gorgeousness that awaken the senses through colour and wildness. Shimmering (iii) celebrates how all is transformed when touched by light. This small miniature original artwork makes the perfect keepsake and is a unique valentine’s gift to make the recipient smile a thousand smiles.
Interiors Gift Set
Creating a home is one of the most enriching and wonderful things we can do. To create an environment full of comfort and happiness evokes love. This interiors gift set comprises a plump cushion and matching lampshade depicting a vibrantly bold design to add a peek of personality to any interiorscape. A unique valentine’s gift for anyone with a love of art and style.
Collection of Five Fine Art Cards
Each card depicts one of my Devon flowerscape paintings which shine with love and happiness. With titles such as ‘I Love You More Each Day’, ‘My Heart Belongs to You’, ‘Sweet Tenderness’, ‘Treading Mystery’ and ‘Perfect Day’, this pack of fine art cards make a sweet and thoughtful and unique valentine’s gift. Or why not send a card to each member of your family, each with a personal message written inside, to remind each family member how much they mean to you?
**Reminder – the last day for guaranteed delivery in time for Valentine’s Day is midnight Sunday 11th February**
A person’s most valuable asset is not a pocket full of money, but a heart full of love and a spirit filled with kindness. Unique valentine’s gifts can be shared with friends, family members and loved ones to show them how much they are loved and remind them that love is the most important thing in the whole world.
With so much to you all and heartfelt blessings,