Enjoy the exquisite botanical portfolio of talented artist Greta Corens, and visit her website to see more of her work.
It will not come as a surprise that, with an architectural interior design MFA degree in my pocket from the prestigious St Lucas Architectural School, Div St Imelda for women in Brussels, Belgium, and after a career as a successful fashion designer in New York City, I imagine my art in that context of sweeping elegance, purity of line, and wholesome luxury, finding its outlet in larger scale botanic art watercolors.
Thinking back on my early youth in boarding school, where Dutch Baroque botanic paintings could captivate my longings and console me for hours, my life has come full circle in being able to pick up and give shape to that great love with my brushes.
Bundling my life experiences directs me towards an evident goal: exhibiting my work in some of the most splendid fashion stores in New York City, for which I am actively developing marketing opportunities in contacts and business pursuits to make this possible. I also have a one woman show planned in the Flat Iron Gallery in Peekskill, NY in April 2014, and have enjoyed instant awards in online gallery contests since their publication this summer.
I believe that the elegance, refinement and incredible architectural structures of irises and roses would be the perfect backdrop for fashion designers’ magnificent spring/summer creations. My paintings are realistic, but they also translate personality and have a soul that vibrates with sensitive qualities that set them apart, where no photography can tread.
These works are not meant as a tribute to painter Georgia O’Keeffe, whose introspective, dissecting exhibition of a flowers innermost secrets still captivates many artists in her wake.
Rather, the supremely elegant legacy of botanical painter Pierre Joseph Redoute, painter at the Court of Versailles at the end of the 18th Century and beloved by Queen Marie Antoinette, can be honored by creating a new expression in botanical paintings discipline, adhering to scientific exactitude without Roccoco stylization, adding the passion found in a flower’s natural environment instead.
To introduce them, large scale giclee canvas prints for reproduction are part of the planned modernization and democratization of botanical paintings.
The ecstatic response to my work by other painters is proving that this new approach to botanical paintings has instantly touched the right chords. It is evident that the irony of eclectic deconstruction of today’s “postmodernism” art trend, a reflection of “Borderline Times” as psychiatrist Dr. Dirk DeWachter calls it, can be overcome with genuine values, now so totally denied by some giant pushy marketing art sites. The artist’s ‘Healing Task’ is my goal, being an offspring of a medical and highly artistic family.
If beauty and soul within a simple, inoffensive subject matter will be recognized by style leadership and its acceptance starts a healing trend originating from the wholesome quality in society as a counterpoint, this will be my life’s achievement.