For a long time I avoided using recognizable plant imagery in my work. After a while I began using real and imagined leaves, stems and other plant parts, but not flowers. I struggled with flowers. I was not sure I could interact with flower imagery and bring it the subversion and glory that I felt. Eventually, the flowers just came in, because I can’t resist them. Here is one my first attempts , in a detail from a study for When the Trumpet Calls ©2003.