This painting is so obviously larger than life. It’s something that I just felt like doing.
I wanted to do a Rose and with the Rose, make it slightly different and therefore, I thought of all these fabulous little insects and bees that we see in all the gardens.
I worked for about two years doing decoupage and I remember my daughter saying, to me, whatever you do, don’t forget how you can change the size of everything and I remember distinctly, I needed some elephants and they ended up being possibly an inch high so I had a wonderful time with decoupage and I think my real inspiration from that period is the fact that I can use artistic license and change things to suit me and to suit my composition.
I loved absolutely doing the inside of the Rose and having the juxtoposition of the deep pink and the pale pink and then choosing these colours, which clash but clash in a marvelous way of the bugs, the butterfly, the dragonfly.
And so here we have a wonderful, bold bright, beautiful Rose, which I loved doing and then all the insects that we don’t feel queasy about or difficult about and the bees and putting them together, almost as though they’re inseparable because actually they are in ones garden.