A commissioned painting that called for a different approach because when I heard what these little flowers meant to my client I needed to express the subject not just as flowers in a vase but as flowers emerging, as they do with such surprising vigour, from the cold winter earth. I had to include the ground from which the flowers appear not just as a dark space but with other plants, their leaves red and orange crinkled and pleated or pale greenish blue and fleshy, some whispy yellow ones creating a tunnel. Naturalised crocus are making a significant appearance. It is against all of this, according to the laws of nature, that the snowdrops were at their very beautiful best.
Oil on panel 2023 54 x 44cm 21 x 17in