For a brief time I worked as a florist,
surrounded by gorgeous and sweet blossoms – your typical tulips, roses,
delphiniums, gladiolas. The truth is that as a painter, I enjoy the strangest
flowers the most, like the upside-down Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), which is a member of the tulip family and native
to the Middle East. Its flame-colored leaves
stretch to the sky, while the blossoms seem to hold the crown high as they cast
their faces to the ground.