When Preston Steed began painting flowers and gardens, he added an unexpected dimension to his work. Steed's early watercolor paintings depicted strong architectural lines, specific textures, and well-defined perspectives that were accentuated by his photorealistic style. Light and shadow were the predominate factors impacting tonal changes, rather than color. This is the work that reminded his patrons of Andrew Wyeth's style.
However, sprigs of color began to appear in the architectural paintings as he began to include accidental gardens and potted flowers. In these early florals you can sense the hot southern light that was present. When Steed moved to Colorado the floral paintings took on new light and life. There is a distinctive quality to high altitude flowers. The short growing season and near freezing night temperatures seem to add a crisp vitality to their color. At this point, color exploded in Steed's original watercolor paintings. Gardens and flowers became the central content in many of his original paintings as he engaged in color play that had never seemed necessary in the earlier work. The color play in these fine art floral prints invites us to -
REACH OUT AND PICK ONE!