Orchid

The Chinese philosopher Confucius used orchid plant as a symbol of virtue, and says that a person could learn from an orchid growing in a deep forest. It sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it. The beauty of virtue comes from within through self-practice and self-reflection, it does not need recognition or praise from others.

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Chrysanthemum Flowers

For one of my current prints, I worked with the chrysanthemum. These flowers signify adaptability and longevity, blooming past the first frost when others have completed their season. They are one of the “Four Gentlemen” in Chinese art, along with the plum blossom, orchid and bamboo—and have a special meaning to me at this time.

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