The dracunculus vulgaris also known by such names as the voodoo lily, corpse flower and Dragon Lily is a rare beauty. This unusual flower, which blooms so beautifully but can smell like death is the subject of a new watercolor painting by artist Fern Christian. When this painting is completed, it will hang in the Renaissance Art Gallery.
The work in process is beautiful already. When finished it will hang in the Renaissance Art Gallery.
"I've had this plant for several years and each year I marvel at the beauty and size of the blooms . This year it rained so much it's scent was not present . Blessing ! The blooms come suddenly ,last briefly , then vanish --- everything is gone before you can decide exactly how you feel about such an unusual plant . I did get a photo and now I will try to express some of my mixed emotions ."
~ Fern Christian
Ms Christian graduated from Marshall University in 1968 and later earned thirty hours of post-graduate credit in studio painting. She belongs to the Tri-State Art Association, of which is a past president. A signature member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society, she is an accomplished painter in many media. Currently she serves as the Director of the Renaissance Art Gallery and teaches painting Monday and Saturday mornings..