Why draw flowers ? Overdone, overused, over, over, over... I draw the blossoms of dried roses because they are beautiful and also stagnant so they allow for long periods of observation without changing. Roses are rich in line, subtlety of color, and have a wealth of associations. They are compact shapes that reflect light in many ways - transparency, translucence, reflection, and absorption . As a result I have subject matter that offers versatility and the end result sells. Let's face it ... I do not have the luxury of wealth to dismiss money. I need it to continue. As a compromise, I have discovered an object of nature that challenges yet is accepted by the public I rely on . Some see the process for it's worth. Others see the end result as a depiction of something beautiful. Surfaces, light, beauty, challenge, and money - that is why I paint roses.