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Prairie Wildflowers Print

Prairie Wildflowers Print

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This print features twenty-three paintings of wildflowers & pollinators native to North American prairie habitats, each originally painted in watercolor. 

  • 12" x 16"
  • Printed on heavy weight 300gsm 100% cotton paper. I selected this paper for its similar look and feel to the cotton hot press watercolor paper I paint on. 
  • Printed using pigment based archival inks in my home studio in Southwest Florida.
  • I hand sign each print with a graphite pencil. My signature is inconspicuous and can be found in the bottom right corner of the print. 
  • Open edition
  • Unframed
  • Ships flat in a protective sleeve, on an acid-free backing board.
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About the Prairie Wildflowers Print

I spent the first few decades of my life in the Midwest, and while I spent most of my time outdoors as a kid in the woods, I always enjoyed spotting wildflowers on the edges of fields or along the roadside. Recently, on a trip back to my home state, I learned a bit more about native prairie habitats - less than 5% of which remains from what originally existed in the US. I visited a beautiful restored prairie in full summer bloom and was inspired to do a series of paintings based on the plants that I saw there.

The final print features twenty-three different species of both plants and butterflies (plus several bees), all of which are native to the prairies of the central or eastern US. While the color scheme of the print flowed naturally from the rainbow of colorful flowers found in the prairie, the complex composition took many revisions to get just right.

  • 1. Liatris spicata (Blazing Star)
    2. Asclepias hirtella (Tall Green Milkweed)
    3. Verbena hastata (Blue Vervain)
    4. Solidago canadensis (Goldenrod)
    5. Vernonia fasciculata (Ironweed)
    6. Silphium laciniatum (Compass Plant)
    7. Ratibida pinnata (Gray-headed Coneflower)
    8. Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
    9. Papilio troilus (Spicebush Swallowtail)
    10. Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver's Root)
    11. Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge Pea)
    12. Silene regia (Royal Catchfly)
    13. Monarda fistulosa (Bee Balm)
    14. Phyciodes tharos (Pearl Cresccent)
    15. Danaus plexippus (Monarch Butterfly)
    16. Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master)
    17. Coreopsis tinctoria (Plains Coreopsis)
    18. Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed)
    19. Junonia coenia (Common Buckeye) 
    20. Tradescantia ohiensis (Ohio Spiderwort)
    21. Rosa carolina (Carolina Rose) 
    22. Speyeria cybele (Great Spangled Fritillary) 
    23. Symphyotrichum laeve (Smooth Blue Aster)
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