Magnolia flower
Love the Magnolia, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, 24 x 24 in, $575.

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature … Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves.  Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless.

— A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

This series of work seeks truth in the beauty of nature, specifically blooms. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

pink peony rose bloom and bud
Hello, Gorgeous, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, 24 x 24 in, NFS
pink peony rose with 3 buds
Hello, Gorgeous II, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, 24 x 24 in, SOLD
Close-up of rose
Golden, 2019, oil on canvas, 91.4 x 91.4 cm, 36 x 36 in, NFS
Darlene Baker oil painting of bare tree with purple blooms budding.
Let There Be Light, 2019, oil on canvas, 92.4 x 121.9 cm, 36 x 48 in, $1500.
Lily of the Valley flowers
Lily of the Valley, 2020, oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm, 24 x 24 in, $575.

A flower is … a beautiful access point into inner stillness if you can be there, fully present … a flower is much more fragile than a plant, it is more fleeting, ethereal.  It has less density to it than most other things.  Because of the lack of density it’s almost as if spirit could flow through it more freely, when you contemplate a flower without too much interference of the thinking mind.  To actually truly look … Jesus said … “Look at the lilies of the field.” … he wasn’t just saying, “Look at the lilies of the field.”  He said you really have to look because … they embody something that you also have, but because … these flowers are not anxious, they are not concerned about tomorrow, see how beautiful they are, how God clothes them in such beauty.  And you can live like that also.  So He used this natural realm and flowers to get people in touch with the dimension of depth within them.

— Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth podcast, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Chapter 1

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