"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may," is a well-known Victorian poem about seizing the day, for life goes by in a flash.
Ardys Petrick has spent the last 45 years doing just that, by living her bliss through painting. Petrick grew up in Michigan and has lived in Florida, Arizona, Missouri, and now Colorado.
She received formal art training at Famous Artist School in Connecticut, and Layton School of Art in Wisconsin. Her recent style is described as realistic impressionism. She has experience in Abstract, which she focused on while living in Arizona. She painted children's portraits extensively in her early career.
These days her focus in on painting Victorian gardens. She prefers to use acrylic paints which don't create toxic fumes, and has learned to get the same effect with acrylics as she did with oils.
Petrick's technique is acheived by first sorting through a huge file of garden, gazebo and flower pictures she has collected. She takes parts of several images and refers to them when creating each painting.
Says Petrick, "I can only paint what inspires me. I paint what I love."
1% of the profits from my work goes to support International League of Conservation Photographers.