I painted this sunflower image specifically to raise money for the Ukrainians. I'll donate 50% of my profits from this piece (prints, cards, and original painting) to a combination of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Central Kitchen.
In working on this piece, I came across so many interesting factoids - more than I could fit into the composition!
Sunflowers were first imported from North America to Ukraine in the 1800s. At present, Ukraine is the world's biggest producer and exporter of sunflower oil and sunflower seeds.
Sunflowers are divided into 3 general groups: short, tall, and colored.
The most fascinating thing I learned about sunflowers was their use in phytoremediation, the process of using plants to remove harmful toxins from our soil, water, and/or air. Sunflowers have been planted around Chernobyl, in order to help clean up the cesium and strontium contaminants! Amazing.
Sunflowers in Ukraine - Print
A signed giclée (archival) art print of my original artwork. Prints are the perfect way to treat yo self or your awesomest friend -- they add color and whimsy to a home without blowing your budget. ;)
What you'll get:
• One hand-signed print
• Of a standard size that is easy to frame
• Giclee-quality - I print and assemble everything, using an Epson printer with archival inks on satin card stock.
• Backed with mat board
• Packaged in a clear cello sleeve
• With a Print Certificate (title and size listed) included in back of packet