Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
This stunning piece is one of my most popular frames. Its vivid red sunburst of Thai chilli peppers makes an eye-catching display on any wall. Loved by chefs, pepper lovers, gardeners, and foodies of all kinds. The peppers are carefully preserved, and some are split to reveal the golden stems inside, adding warmth and interest to the piece. I carefully enhance each chilli by hand to retain their vibrant colours for years to come.
Each piece by Botanical Art by Diane De Roo is individually handcrafted from preserved vegetable slices that I create using real organic vegetables that I grow in my home garden. They are mounted on a textured, cream coloured background, double matted, and framed in an elegant, but simple black frame under glass. They come ready to hang. As is the nature of botanicals, no two are ever exactly alike, and your piece will vary slightly from the one pictured.
Medium: Pressed and preserved real vegetable cross-sections
Framed Dimension: 18" x 18" x 3/4"
I am a botanical artist who has developed my own unique style. Utilizing the vegetables, herbs and flowers cultivated from my cottage garden, I create a collection of show stopping wall hangings. Throughout my 30 plus years of practice, I have developed a range of drying, pressing and casting techniques for capturing the beauty of my homegrown plants in my art.
My work uses delicate cross sections that I create by using a razor to cut through the centre of each vegetable, preserving the roots, stems and seeds. I have spent years developing a process for pressing and drying these perfect cross sections and retaining their integrity. My finished works capture the vivid colours, varied textures and delicate inner details of each vegetable.
As an artisan I aim to draw the viewer in, and surprise them as they look more closely into the intricate beauty of each piece. My work has been showcased and highlighted in juried artisan shows across Canada since I started my craft. I have also exhibited in local boutiques, shops and art galleries. I currently reside, cultivate and create in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.