Art of Rhododendron

Rhododendron flowers in full bloom at the Lovejoy Gallery in Woodland, Washington!

In 1892, before they had the right to vote, Washington women selected the coast rhododendron as the state flower.

Original Rhododendron Painting by Marie Wise - Private CollectionWho knew my first painting of a rhododendron flower would become an obsession? 

It started when I discovered the Rhododendron Garden at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, Washington. 

The garden is part of the Frank Willis Arboretum, a collection of stunning Rhododendrons that can be studied, photographed, and enjoyed. I try to visit every year when the Rhodies start to bloom.

My paintings go back as far as 2004, and continue to today. Many have been acquired by private collectors.

I’m pleased to show my ‘Art of Rhododendron’ ! This show ran from August to November 2018.

Lovejoy Gallery

226 Davidson Street
Woodland, Washington

If you read my previous blog post, you know how I feel about small towns. They grow on you! Every single artist in history has started their career locally (many in small towns), even if they eventually go big.  My roots are right here in Southwest Washington. I’m in love with its landscape, colors, texture, feel, and especially the Rhododendrons!

Here’s just a sampling of what was on display:

Rhody #1

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Rhody #10

Rhody #10 - click image to view more Rhodies

Rhody #12
Rhody #12 - click to view more Rhodies