"Art hath an enemy called Ignorance" - Ben Johnson (1572 –1637)

Italian Riviera wildflowers of Costa Rainera

This image was captured by the artist during a walk from the ancient village of Costa Rainera on the thousand year old cobbled path bordered by dry-stone walls from which sprout the distorted trunks of wild fig trees to join the hillside Ligurian village to the Italian riviera seaside town of San Lorenzo al Mare. These short-lived wild flowers often survive for less than forty eight hours. Their existence may be due to the rare micro climate that exists in the three-village region of Cipressa, Lingueglietta and Costarainera; about half way down the path one reaches a particular point where there is a perceptible change of temperature and humidity. The watercolour technique is the ideal medium to capture the fugitive colours and rare forms of these plants in the short time that the artist has at his disposal before they fade and die.

Flowers and Trees are available for book illustrations, annual reports, paper and packaging, giftware, related products. You can license them in the following format: Original transparencies in 6 x 6 cm. (2¼ in.) format, high-resolution RGB drum scans on DVD or efficient and quick E-Mail or FTP upload.