Size: 15"W x 20"H x 0.375"D
Year Created: 2018
While going for a walk in a beautiful colonial-style Mexican town, I was enjoying the effusion of flowers from every yard when the site of an explosion of red Amaryllis plants made me stop. I had never seen Amaryllis flowers in such profusion. Upon returning to my studio, I created this idea of an Amaryllis arrangement based on my memory. I call this "Amaryllis for Phyllis" because I'm sure any Phyllis would love them.
As part of my "Still Life Jazz" series of paintings, this work is an invented impression of a still life arrangement rather than a faithful representation of one.
I'm Donald Bruce Wright, a fine artist based in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California. You'll see works here from me created in several media, including oil on canvas as well as smaller pieces made with water-based paints on watercolor paper. The paintings displayed on Vango are from my "Still Life Jazz" series. Like a jazz player who takes a musical standard and then interprets it in new ways, I create paintings that are based on an art world standard: the still life. Real life and its structure serve as a point of departure while remaining loosely recognizable in the final work. Creating these bold energetic floral inventions within the traditional conceptual format of a still life allows the work to project the contradictory sense of being somehow familiar yet fresh. Although my painting style is self-taught, I received formal grounding in art by earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2007.