American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, painted more than 900 works of art during her long life. Throughout her 98 years she was inspired by nature , which became the subject of all her works of art.
Georgia grew up knowing she would be an artist even though women weren’t encouraged to in the early 1900’s. She was raised in Sun Prairie, WI which is by Madison, Wisconsin! Her family had a dairy farm.
One day, her art teacher brought a wildflower to class. It was a jack-in-the pulpit. It was a flower that Georgia often had seen on her father’s farm. The teacher told the class to look at the flower’s color and shape.
“ She started me looking at things—looking very carefully at details ,” Georgia said. It was a lesson she would never forget.
In fact, Georgia became famous for her pictures of natural objects, especially flowers. At one point, she made a series of jack-in-the-pulpit paintings. Her teacher had taught her now to take everyday things for granted, and she discovered the simple beauty of everyday things.
Georgia often painted in watercolor. Her colorful paintings became popular. In the 1920’s, she began painting pictures of giant flowers that filled the canvas. The flowers were so big and beautiful that they made the person looking at them feel as small as a bumblebee buzzing around the petals.
No other artist had ever done anything like this before. Her special talent, shown in paintings like those to follow, made Georgia one of America’s most famous artists. She painted hundreds of magnified flowers.