DescriptionDetail view of a magnolia tree in full bloom. Each spring these beautiful trees offer us a short lived but glorious showing of flowers. They are truly as magnificent from afar as they are close-up and as I have discovered a fascinating history.The flowering Magnolia tree is an ancient species, fossilized specimens have been dated back as much as 95 million years ago, appearing even before bees did. The flowers evolved to encourage pollination by beetles instead. Because of the damage beetles can cause the carpels or center of the flowers are extremely tough.Magnolia are a very diverse plant. The blossoms come in white, red, yellow, pink or purple. They can be deciduous and evergreen and have a wide array of leaf shapes. No matter the specimen the magnolia usually features large striking blossoms with petal like segments.
Shawna Rowe Member Since July 2012 Artist Statement I grew up in a creative family who loved photography, music, art and random hiking adventures. That helped me to develop a love for nature and artistic expression early on. I've never limited myself to one particular medium but I do favor graphic shapes, bold colors and whimsical style. Whatever the medium, I try to include some or all of those elements in my work.
My family has always been a big inspiration and they feature in a series of satirical cartoons that I've done just for fun over the years. Each year I make a new cartoon to celebrate each of my daughter's birthdays. I've also made my own greeting cards for family members over the years.
Lately, I've been making detailed magazine collages. Each one is made of 100% recycled paper cut into tiny shapes and carefully applied much like paint onto canvas. It's an art-form that requires a lot of time and patience but I love this unusual way of creating. Thank you for visiting my gallery!
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