Field of Daisies
Oil on Board
60 x 60 cms, 23.5 x 23.5 inches
I am known for my large oil paintings of flowers and the natural world, and those who know me well, know that I love and collect exotic plants and that I have far too many in my home and studio! However, my favourite flower is the humble daisy. From the little bellis perennis that comes into flower on our lawns in spring to the big and showy Ox-eye daisies of the field and grass verges.
Here in the UK there has been a huge campaign to re-wild the sides of roads with indigenous wildflowers, and luckily where I live in Sussex the mowing and maintenance is kept to a bare minimum so that in early summer the local countryside is transformed with Ox-eye daisies bobbing their happy heads in the warm sunshine. Much of my art is inspired by these flowers. I think I must draw and paint them at least twice a year and photograph them perhaps a hundred times.
In this oil painting I wanted to capture them in their beautiful but hidden state. They are bright white, but because of our busy lives we don't actually stop and see them or notice the little honeybee using it crucially for its pollen. Instead we drive on immersed within our busy lives. But this is a good news story, we are helping the environment, by not mowing the grass verges and letting nature take control has done wonders to the population of the pollinators in the local area.