Flowers are a reminder of how fleeting life is, and that there is beauty to be found in every stage. A flower, like life itself, is fleeting. It’s here for a season, graces us with its presence, beauty and fragrance, and then withers and dies. Some flowers only last a few hours; others last a few months. Most last only days. It is pure joy to experience flowers in all their stages of grace. Painting, ultimately is a process of seeing, it allows the artist time to dive deeper into the shapes, value and color these little gems reveal. Steve Puttrich is a northern Illinois-based artist who is an award-winning plein air painter. His paintings in oil and watercolor are so lush that one can almost smell the aroma of the flowers. Find more information and a video at www.cedarburgartmuseum.org/current.