In case anyone is curious about the origins of “the meanest flower”, it came from a poem by William Wordsworth, “Ode to Intimations on Immortality”. The poem is all about how we, as children, perceive nature with wild astonishment and awe and how that perception dims as we get older… You can read the entire poem here, but here is the last part:
“Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie to deep for tears.”
Hopefully, my artwork reflects a little bit of the wonderment of the natural world as seen through the eyes of a child!