Watercolor on Arches . 18" x 24" . $1,100
Though the anthurium (scientific name: Anthurium andreanum) is not native to Hawaii, this flower has become a spectacular icon of Hawaii. The variegated red and green one in this painting is of a type known as Anthurium obake. This isn’t a scientific term; rather it comes from a Japanese word that means “ghost”, which has migrated to Hawaii as “transformation”. The transformation referred to is the various color combinations that occur as a result of hybridization. The Hawaiians have a much earthier view of it. They often call it by the gently raffish name, "boy flower".