A golden-skinned hand unfurls itself, turning into a blooming plant at the apex of the index finger.


This was one of my simplest works to make, and honestly is still one of my favorites, if not my most ambitious.

I painted the hand from reference; I can’t remember if I used my own hand, my wife’s, or someone else’s entirely. The plant was drawn from reference, taken from some species of Hoya, and the background came last: a mixture of earthy tones at the bottom, and sky-like ones at the top.

I did add some vertical blurs to the plant’s branches and leaves in sections to create an almost vining effect, again to create the impression of two separate scales through which to view the piece, but otherwise this is among the least psychedelic works I’ve painted.