Barbara Flowers is an international artist who lived most of her life in a small village near the Rhine Valley in Germany. A deep desire to create art began at a young age. Barbara’s parents encouraged her artistic growth with private art lessons and visits to Europe’s museums to see the collections of masterpieces.
Barbara’s art may include energetic brushwork, palette knife work, soft passages of blended paint or a heavy build-up of paint. She strives for just enough variety without too much unity so as to capture the viewer’s attention. Barbara’s work is held in international private and corporate collections.
Rosh Hashanah begins September 24 this year. Yom Kippur begins October 3. The holidays are commonly known as the Days of Repentance or the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim), a time for serious introspection and repentance.
Floral arrangement seen above is by long time BBrooks member florist, Robin Wood Flowers in Cincinnati, OH.
Joseph Massie is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top floral artists.
At just age fourteen, Joseph began working spending his weekends working in his hometown of Huyton, Liverpool, UK. Perhaps to some it was an uncommon interest for a fourteen year old boy, but Joseph quickly found his vocation amongst the buckets of blossoms and buds.
Taking steps to pursue his passion, Joseph self funded his education and began to hone his practice and develop a creative ethos, participating in intense training sessions with top international designers. To further build his artistic vocabulary, Joseph began to participate firstly in regional, followed by national, floral design competitions, and aged nineteen, won his first national design competition, the BFA Young Florist of the Year 2007.
“The desert has taught me to be more responsible for my designs, choosing plants and flowers that are drought tolerant, sustainable, and beautiful. I like to think of my design aesthetic as eco-chic.” ~ Colleen LaFleur
A ward-winning contemporary artist and Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken grew up on a family farm in Reading, Pennsylvania, but he spent his college years and much of his early career focused on art rather than agriculture.
While Van Aken says that his work has always been “inspired by nature and our relationship to nature,” it wasn’t until recently that the artist’s farming background became such a clear and significant influence, first in 2008 when he grafted vegetables together to create strange plants for his Eden exhibition, and then shortly after that when he started to work on the hybridized fruit trees that would become the Tree of 40 Fruit.