Title: “MEILI”
(Meaning, “beautiful” in Chinese and pronounced, “my-lee”)

Image Size: 35.75” W x 24.5” H
Paper Size: 35.75” W x 27.75” H (unframed)  Available
Edition: 20
Artist's Proofs: 5
Printer's Proofs: 3

We will never know who first placed the orchid in captivity. We do know that the Chinese word for orchid, “LAN,” appeared in herbal remedies over 4,000 years ago. To me, they are the most striking, “beautiful” and gorgeous flowers to be found in nature. Some have intoxicating fragrances that the Chinese likened “to the most beautiful woman’s breath.” My home is filled with them, my heart in love with them and for you, my gift of them. Enjoy.

Notes on Original Work of Art:
Acrylic paint on two ply French watercolor paper, veiled over with Japanese rice lace, bathed in a mixture of archival beeswax and UV resistant polymers, bordered with insets of 17th century calligraphy of words and music composed for the Japanese Imperial Court, accented at each corner with a 17th – 18th century Chinese cash coin, affixed with religious wax collected from holy temples and monasteries, all surrounded by Yixing plaster molded and sculpted using 17th – 18th Asian fabric stamps, painted and rubbed in gold.

Notes on Giclée:
Orchid blossoms heavily enhanced with rich palette work by Artist, including flowers on container, hand-wrapped insets of 17th century Japanese music and poetry written for the Imperial Court, accented at each corner with an antiqued metal flourish, all surrounded with borders of proprietary Yixing plaster infused with verigated gold leaf and washed with metallic paints, formed and sculpted using 17th - 18th century Asian fabric stamps.

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