Oil on Canvas, 20" x 20", 2020
Orchid: Lepanthese saltatrix
Native Range: Ecuador
Pollinator: Flies and gnats
Conservation Status: Not threatened
"Lepanthes is one of the largest orchid genera, with over 1,000 species and more are being discovered all the time. The subject of this painting features an orchid, Lepanthes saltatrix commonly called Female Dancer.
A single miniscule jewel-like flower the size of a pencil erasure is framed against a beautifully veined leaf. The miniature leaf itself is less than the size of a quarter. As I studied this tiny dynamic duo, the expression “small but mighty” came to mind.
What sometimes appears to be insignificant due to physical size in nature is most often an integral component of an ecosystem’s vitality.
Likewise, I often wonder what I can do, one artist, within the global community of 3 billion people, to help preserve nature and to do my part in addressing what seems like the overwhelming environmental issues of today’s modern world.
For me, the answer is to keep asking questions and sharing the information I learn through my writing and painting. My hope is that others may become more aware and find a path of their own toward preserving all the world’s natural treasures – both tiny and big.”