Chautauqua Blooms #2




Botanical Pigments Hand Extracted from Flower Petals Gathered in Chautauqua Gardens Created into Water-Mixable Oils on Arches 300g/m-140lb 100% Cotton Oil Paper


18 x 22"




I paint with flowers. Not as a brush, but as my pigment. More specifically, I paint with a water-mixable oil painting medium I created using the flavonoids; anthocyanins, carotenoids, and chlorophylls I extract from spent flower petals gathered from public parks and gardens, local flower farms, and my own botanical-dye flower garden. The oils I use are derived from flowers, fruits, and trees. My paint smells wonderful. It is rich in natural color. It is good for the soil. It is good for the soul. It is a celebration of nature and of community.  While working in this medium I am continually awestruck by the process—of how something as familiar as a peony or a rose can be transformed into paint and then reformed again on paper or canvas. I now approach my process of creating art as a means of sharing this feeling of awe.
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About this Artist

Janice Stefko

Choosing to place environmentally-conscientious options at the forefront of my work, I continue to stress this theme in my art work and in my teachings of design, illustration, and/or painting at the university level, in workshops, and at Chautauqua Institution. My work has been recognized by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), Champion Papers, Print Magazine, Adweek, PRSSA, and AIGA. I have designed, art directed, and/or illustrated numerous books, branding, and publications for corporations, hospitals, healthcare practices, public parks, gardens, and non-profits. I am a member of ASBA, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Historical Novel Society.
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