Jack in the Pulpit

Original painting on a 10×12″ wide gallery- wrap canvas with black painted edges

Soft lavenders, blues and browns suggest the woodland backdrop of this handsome native flower.


Jack in the Pulpit

When I taught at the Chicago Botanic Garden, I was sometimes in a room that was covered floor to ceiling in botanical artworks. It was very inspiring to see all the different ways to depict the form and beauty of a plant through the ages. I know that the recognized standard for botanical art is watercolor, on a plain background. There are some truly beautiful examples of this. Still, I always want to see a suggestion of where the plant lives, and this is what I’ve done here. I love to come across these delightful plants, standing proud in the rich duff of a forest floor. What a surprise it is to come across it? This one was particularly appealing, with its maroon piping.


  1. Your “suggestion of where the plant lives” reminds me that I first encountered the term “environmental portraiture” decades ago, not with regard to nature but as a name for the kind of portrait of a person that includes furnishings or objects with which the subject is associated. In this case you wanted to personify your subject and treat it in that tradition of environmental portraiture.


  2. I grew up with Jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and violets outside our front door in Iowa. They nestled among the ferns, and under the bridal wreath. I never thought of them as Texas plants, but they do grow north and east of me, in the piney woods. I so much enjoyed a short trip to that area; if I’m able to go back, maybe I’ll find one there.

    I didn’t know that it’s in the arum family. Now I can see the resemblance to the so-called peace lily. Our jacks-in-the-pulpit were quite green: at least, in my memory. You’ve caught that dramatic purple that I saw in some of the photos of them.


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