A couple of years ago my good friend and studio mate, Lulie Wallace, introduced me to Amy Osaba's website. For those of you who don't know Amy, she is an incredible, and I mean incredible, florist. When I was beginning my career as a full-time artist, I knew that I wanted to paint florals. Amy's florals and loose bouquets were some of the inspiration for my annual 'Girls with Flowers' series. A few years later I was a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding and Amy was contracted to do the florals. The wedding was on a farm and had miles of green, rolling hills, and Amy curated a fantasy land of florals for the reception celebration. Awe was an understatement, I felt like I was in a fairytale. I admire Amy and her ability to transform a space and make the imagined a reality, which I try to carry with me when navigating a new body of work.