Category Archives: Cucurbitaceae

Cucurbita pepo

Summer squash,  var. sweet dumpling 
14″ x 15½”, 2011
Prints available

A gaudy splash of yellow by the compost heap drew my notice one midsummer morning. I was recovering from a cranial aneurysm which had impaired vision in my left eye so I mystified by that flamboyant color. Upon investigation it proved to be a valiant cucurbita pepo. Thriving undisturbed with its brilliant chrome blossoms, springy tendrils, voluptuous young fruit, massive leaves—all attached to sturdy stems—it commanded me in no uncertain terms: You’ve GOTTA paint us!  And dutifully I obeyed. more…