Ginkgo / Watercolour / Original
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"Ginkgo" by Claire Broughton is a larger original watercolur paintng of a Ginkgo biloba leaf. A beautiful and elegant, highly detailed statement piece.
Ginkgoes are “living fossils” that thrived 270 million years ago, before the age of dinosaurs. They found a safe haven in Eastern Asia, where they were cultivated as sacred trees representing eternal life. Ginkgoes can live to be 1000-2500 years old and grow 160 feet tall. In fall their green leaves transition to saffron yellow, which release in a sequence that creates a mystical golden-rainfall.
The word ginkgo, comes from the Chinese word yinxing, meaning “silver apricot.” Biloba refers to the “bi-lobed” shape of its leaves. Ginkgo biloba reminds us of our luminous nature as we make peace with the known and unknown aspects of life and death. In stillness, we are encouraged to sense the beauty of our inner and outer self.
Mounted Size: (h) 590mm x (w) 420mm
Image Size: (h) 415mm x (w) 290mm
Matamata based watercolour artist, Claire Broughton is originally from the UK and has called New Zealand home since 2007. Mother nature is Claire's biggest inspiration and capturing the essence of her subjectmatter is what pushes Claire. Her love for Botanical illustration and watercolours was strengthened in 2010 under the guidance of well known water colour artist Susan Tustain-Harrison.
In 2016 Claire completed a certificate in Drawing Nature, Science and Culture through the University of Newcastle, Australia. This really provided an excellent understanding of drawing, especially botanical drawing which in turn has helped her to achieve realistic watercolour paintings.
Claire has previously taken part in various group shows and sold works through:
The Botanical Art Society of New Zealand “Botanica 2018 Exhibition” at the Akaroa Art Gallery, Akoroa on the South Island, New Zealand.
The Friends of The Gardens Art Group “In Memory of Banks & Solander Exhibition” 2019 at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, New Zealand.