Dyana Hesson has been painting beautiful close-ups of flowers for years. However, this year, with her show “Up Close and Personal,” which opens on February 14th at 6pm, it’s a little more personal. With each sale, Hesson will donate a portion to Show Hope.
“Imagine you are standing at the edge of 50 acres of land looking at 10 million blooming flowers. Rows of red, yellow, pink, fuchsia, coral, orange, gold, blush, and white racing out ahead of you like ribbons in the wind. At times, the intensity of the colors is so great it’s helpful to remove your gaze and fix it on the monotonous blue of the Pacific Ocean near by. The prospect of experiencing something so vast is overwhelming. There is a desire to get up close and personal with each bloom, but that’s not possible. Walking away in not an option. It’s time’s to dive in.
“This was my Easter Morning at the Carlsbad Flower Fields in California in 2012. I had seen the fields on TV and in photos, but nothing prepared me for the enormity and intensity of these fields. Immediately I though of how I could paint a whole show on these flowers, but how? One flower at a time.
“Now imagine you are standing in front of the 153 million orphans of the world. Children who through no fault of their own are parent-less. Red, yellow, black and white, from all nations. The enormity of the problem is overwhelming. It would be easier to look away.
“How can you make a difference, how can you get up close and personal with each child?
“Walking away is not an option. Its time to dive in. One child at a time.
“Adoption is personal to me. Mine is a life that was forever changed when the Walker family took me home to be in their family. I will always be eternally thankful for the sacrifice my biological parents made, and the commitment my parents made all those years ago.
“This year, I am honoring orphans with this show. When you look at these blooms, think of the children of the world needing care or waiting for a home. If you take a painting home with you, you may have the honor of naming it, whatever you’d like, and I will donate a portion of your sale to “Show Hope” that helps families with their adoption costs.
“One flower at a time. One child at a time. It’s personal.”
On Friday, February 15th, from 6-8pm, there will be a special preview night benefiting Show Hope- Bringing Hope to Orphans. During this event, there will be champagne, live music and raffle items. Tickets will be sold at the door for $20 with cash or check, or you can purchase advance tickets.
Her show will be hanging in the gallery until February 28th, so we hope to see you in the gallery, so you can see these beautiful works of art for yourself!
Please visit our website to see all of her new paintings, or view the PDF of her 2013 show brochure: UpCloseandPersonal