You Look Like An Exotic Flower


“It’s like a flower. You open, you blossom, really because of other people.”
~ Bishop Desmond Tutu


Layered in sultry glazes and gestural sweeps of colour, the palette embodies vibrant pinks, peaceful whites, and soothing greens, You Look Like An Exotic Flower speaks to the heart.

910mm x 910mm x 35mm

Acrylic on canvas

A perfect present for a special Christmas birthday gal. What a wonderful way to celebrate my new collector’s birthday, the summer solstice and the end of 2022 together. Happy, joyful, love-infused paintings are the gift that keeps giving. It’s fun knowing that rather than dine out tonight to celebrate her birthday, she could think of nowhere she rather be than at home in her happy place with her husband and children. You Look Like An Exotic Flower is hanging near their dining table and looks perfect. This is the third of my paintings this gorgeous family have collected. Two were large-scale abstract landscape commissions. You Look Like An Exotic Flowe complements them perfectly.

This huge floral is inspired by the wildly gorgeous opium poppies in my garden. They aren’t trying to be drugs, their beauty is a natural opiate for the soul.

The title of the painting was inspired by something a prison officer said to me during my time working as a transformational leadership coach for The Department of Corrections in one of New Zealand’s toughest prisons, where some of the most violent offenders were sent. “You look like an exotic flower,“  a guard called to me as I walked across the prison yard in a bright flowery dress. “Thank you for brightening my world.”
I align with Vincent van Gogh in this regard, painting, healing, and creativity are not only a beautiful distraction, but a spiritual gift for our thirsty souls, as is the healing power of art to uplift and transform our lives.
This painting is sold but other available works can be viewed here and commissions are loved!



Original Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas.

The painting has been created on artist quality 100% cotton canvas and finished with a double coat of UV resistant gloss varnish, protecting the longevity and enhancing the vibrancy of the colours.

The sides of the canvas have been painted white

Comes stretched and ready to hang.


Your painting will be hand signed on the front and back, with its title written on the rear of the canvas. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity.


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* Mockups for illustration only. May not be to scale

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Pink, White

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