The basic composition of Beetonia is an essay on the beautiful designs in the Croton leaf and its sticky counterpart,the honeycomb. Since the Crotons do not flower, I had to invent aCroton Roseto attract thebee. By placing the bee at the focal of the flat leaf, I set up a buzzing sound with the filmofflapping wings, thepenetrating proboscis, the insect s grasping legs and a nervous, curled stinger.
Patterns in the central leaf are layers of glazed kidney outlines, over-painted with a network of hexagonal shapes. This light pattern contrasts with the heavy tapestry and linear exuberance ofthe background. One visitor found unintended cats hidden in the thick weaving.
Croton, Bee, Crotonrose, Buzzing, Tapestry, Original Painting