About twenty five years ago Jean Swan Gordon, an accomplished painter of landscapes, interiors and figures in oils and pastels started something new. A passionate gardener, she began to paint portraits of bouquets of garden flowers and wild flowers in ink and watercolor. Gordon states, “I had become fascinated by line, and flowers were a natural subject. I could explore the intricacies and the variety of line and color and, at the same time, celebrate my love of gardening and nature.” Mrs. Gordon uses only stark white paper as the background of her bouquets, allowing the personality of the flowers and vessels to radiate and imply season, quality of light and emotion. She only paints bouquets in front of her, and since she has been a full time New England resident, her paintings have taken on an even stronger seasonal feeling. They are casual bouquets, not formal arrangements. The same flowers and vases appear again and again but like a repertory company of actors, in each painting they play a different role. Jean has passed on and we are now pleased to make available paintings the family has released from the estate. We will miss her quick smile and remember the beauty of the passing of the life of a flower.