Biography

Photo: Winthrop Handy

My journey was inevitable. As a child I painted and drew flowers, birds, and strange insects on every wall left unguarded in our house. Subsequent “confinement” in my room for “defacing” my mother’s best wallpaper naturally led to more and more drawings while sequestered, which led to summer art lessons with an artistic cousin (a noted portraitist). This inevitably led to a college fine arts major, and finally, to a fabulous art school in Florida where I felt like I’d died and gone to heaven.

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly. “One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — H.C. Anderson

Medical influences

Detailed artwork in my father’s medical magazines influenced me. While illustrating biology notebooks in high school, I knew I wanted to work with intricate details. Through the years I’ve painted portraits of people and animals, illustrated medical reports for a pathologist, drawn seashells for museums, books, and magazines, illustrated for archaeologists, developed an extensive line of note cards with nature themes (my attempt to keep my favorite long-time mail carrier in business), and designed wedding invitations, business cards, and countless other creative projects.

Exhibiting my work

It has been quite a journey. Now, my artwork is represented in corporate and private collections nationally, and in more than twenty countries. It would probably take twenty lifetimes to draw and paint all of the ideas constantly percolating in my mind.

Hiring me for commissions

My favorite subjects include orchids, peonies, irises, lilies, and wildflowers. At the moment, my commissions include passion flowers, dahlias, and Mayflowers. Perhaps your favorite flowers will be next?

View Mathilde’s  FLOWER and SEASHELL GALLERIES.

To buy a giclée print or COMMISSION a drawing, CONTACT Mathilde Duffy.

See ABOUT for her biography and art background.