I've been drawn to examine each floral family and their significance this year. Dahlias represent change, and as we shift through the final summer hours, I'm reminded to let go and embrace the inevitable season of transition. As a soft whisper fades away, so do the summer blooms, and we begin to settle into the slow pace of autumn. For this flower art print series, I longed to photograph dahlias in all their glory - focusing closely on their subtle shifts and the inner strength they possess. Much like peonies, dahlias’ graceful elegance is undeniable. As they ripen in their growth cycle, each bloom mesmerizes us with her beauty. Ultimately, it is their perseverance and inner strength that makes the lasting impression. There is something incredibly therapeutic in instilling a practice that sheds us of old habits and patterns. As I capture dahlia’s beauty through my lens and observe her petals one by one fluttering to the ground, I am reminded of nature’s cycle mirroring my own life. I welcome the change and rely on my inner wisdom to guide me through this chapter. In stillness, I’m the student - observing, listening and understanding what reshapes my own growth. In the spirit of welcoming the autumnal equinox, may you find a calming spot to ponder and reflect on the past season and open your heart to the new. May you flow freely with the currents of life and begin to manifest a new awakening.
STORYWe know dahlias as these magnificent blooms with intricate patterns. A range of rich, radiant colors. Once upon a time, they were used for their tubers. Never left to... Read more
We know dahlias as these magnificent blooms with intricate patterns. A range of rich, radiant colors. Once upon a time, they were used for their tubers. Never left to flower, but used as a food and medicine source, with their stems becoming water pipes. Before they were allowed to bloom, they were still so worthy, so needed. As I walk through the meandering lanes of the farmer's market, I am always left speechless by the magnificence that nature provides—the stunning array of produce that nourishes us. The way flowers can be for adornment and food sources. The way can sit atop a cupcake with all their fantastic beauty and offer so much more beyond their exterior.
There is an enduring warmth in being surrounded by nourishment, nostalgia that floats on a breeze back into the forefront of the mind. As I was creating this still life photograph, I felt my grandmother's hands teaching me how to chop autumnal vegetables. I could smell the scent of her skin and the beginnings of the fire that my grandfather was making in the other room. Memories linger even as our futures shift and blossom into new creations entirely. We carry with us the stories of before, so much like the soil beneath our feet. Teeming with extraordinary life, constantly being reborn time and time again. Dahlias. So much more than their initial outer gaze. Invisible medicine is just hiding below the surface. The wonder in that. The wonder in it all.
This artwork is part of a Numbered Edition Series of 525 prints (175 in each size). The 16 x 20 and 18 x 24 in. sizes will come with a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) signed, numbered, dated and embossed with artist seal.
You can read more about the quality and fine art paper specifications for your print here.
Paper Measurements: 8x10, 16x20, or 18x24 in.
Photographic Dimensions: 7x9, 14x18 or 16x22 in.
White Border: 1 in.
Printed in USA.