DescriptionDerek Alvarez, Ranunculus in Greek Vase, iPad Painting using Skecthbook Pro, 2012I put this arrangement together from a couple reference images and my imagination. The lighting is far from realistic, but all the color choices were made with the intention of creating a brilliant color harmony that compliments and showcases the flowers. I saw some ranunculus in a magazine and just loved the shape of them. The ones I saw in the magazine were all pink, but I found out they have some peachy and reddish colors, as well.I’ve been inspired by Greek art while living so close to Greece, so I placed the flowers in a “Greek Vase” that I created from finding a Greek drawing and placing it on the shape of vase I wanted. The drawing reference I found says the woman is Aphrodite riding a swan. The original drawing didn’t seem to do her justice, so I drew her a little more pretty (I mean she is the goddess of love, after all ;-)
Derek Alvarez, Cortez, Colorado Member Since August 2006 Artist Statement Derek Alvarez was born in Whittier, California and grew up in the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas of southern California. He has since lived in North Dakota, Arizona, Colorado, San Diego, and Albania… and has traveled throughout the western United States and Europe. He and his wife currently live in Cortez, Colorado.
Derek graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree, Magna cum Laude.
He is an award winning artist whose artwork has been displayed in galleries in Tucson and Scottsdale, Arizona and New York city. He has been selling art since 2002 and his work is now part of several public and private collections throughout the country.