My partner sometimes comes home with snippets of flowers for me as he knows how much I love flowers and nature. This time round he comes home with a Pride of Madeira. It was so unique I have never seen a flower like it. The small purple flowers were so vibrant and pretty. We didn’t even know what it was until we put the call out on social media. It is native to the island of Madeira and is much visited by bees and butterflies for its nectar. I have named this painting after the plant ‘Pride of Madeira’. The colour palette was influenced by the bold purple tones of the flowers. Small floral elements are scattered throughout the artwork representing all the tiny beautiful flowers on this plant. Also energetic brushstrokes giving a sense of bees and butterflies moving freely over the plant happily searching for the nectar. I have included a work in progress photo in which you will see the flower and how I was inspired by it’s unique beauty.