Botanicals Collection

My Botanicals Collection is a personal compilation of the carefree days of my childhoodwithin an eastern paradise - playing with sticks and leaves behind my house; daily walks to and from school; and my mother’s favourite flower, the pure and resilient orchid. 

 

My verdant, tropical surroundings provide the inspiration for the natural beauty of these textured paintings, which are my most popular artworks.

 

Also discover the hidden bees, ladybirds and other details concealed within the colourful paintings.

A personal collection of childhood memories within an eastern paradise

 

Moving back to Asia and living in Singapore, stirred memories of the carefree days of my childhood - playing with sticks and leaves in the playground behind my house; daily walks to and from school that saw me jumping over puddles, watching tadpoles and ants, and observing bees they busily collected nectar from hibiscus flowers. I smile when I think about my mother’s obsession with orchids, which as a child I could not comprehend. Now, I appreciate the purity and strength of these beautiful floras. These verdant, tropical surroundings of my youth are so far removed from the sanitised, technological world of our children today. 

Although the botanical theme is widely represented in the art world, I dig deep into my childhood and give my personal 'Mishell’ perspective. I hope this lush yet simple, textured and smooth, contemporary yet traditional collection resonates deeply with you. 

Courage Collection

'Floating in Paradise'

“What is this life, if full of care; we have no time to

stand and stare.”

W.H. Davies

 

I wanted to create a painting that reminds us to not take life too seriously, to lie back and enjoy going with the flow of life’s stream - because we often get so caught up in our own race. 

I love how this painting is full of little surprises - from hidden ladybirds and bees, to the intricate details of the Washi papers used to create the fishes. 

Textures created from actual leaves from my garden, a combination of the 23k warm yellow Russian gold leaf vs the cooler temperature of the Japanese Shinagawa gold leaf, this painting brings instant magic to any space it is in.

Original Mixed Media on Canvas

2020

Framed: 140cm x 110cm x 8.5cm

Artwork Dimension: 122cm x 92cm x 8cm

 

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$15,000

 

'Pineapple Tart'

 

Inspired by the memories of one of my favourite highlights of Chinese New Year at home in Malaysia - the buttery aroma & crumbly texture of this pastry cookie with the soft, gooey sweet &  slight tart pineapple filling. 

When I close my eyes and imagine myself popping one of these tarts into my mouth - the explosion of colours and flavours and textural sensation is what I see. 
 

Be prepared to be surprised and delighted by the little hidden surprises of ladybirds and bees as well as the layers of textures created by the leaves’ imprints on this unique painting. 

A mix of glossy and matt textures, pastel and fluorescent colours - this piece of artwork is an instant eye catcher and brings the feel-good factor into any space.

FUN FACT: Back in the day in Europe, pineapples were considered a luxury item, reserved for the few who could afford the labour of love, as it took a lot of effort and skill to grow pineapples in this climate.

 

Original Mixed Media on Canvas

2020

Framed: 96cm x 96cm x 4.5cm

Artwork Dimension: 76cm Diameter x 4cm depth

 

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$8,800

'Tropical Awakening'

Growing up in Malaysia, my world has always been brimming with vivid colours. Colour is something that I am extremely fond of and is an essential part of my life and who I am as a person.

The particular shade of Pink I’ve used in ‘Tropical Awakening’ reminds me of my favourite childhood drink, “Sirap Bandung” - a delicious heady mix of rose Syrup, ice and milk... a refreshing respite on a hot sunny afternoon.

This very inspiration carried through into the subject and creation, as I wanted the painting to exude a sense of the cool refreshing respite of shade created by the beautiful majestic palm leaves on a hot and humid afternoon.

I have also hidden messages and words of loving empowerment in the painting because I believe in the power of the subconscious mind. It is where beliefs, memories and untapped power are stored. 

“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.”

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2020

Framed: 96cm x 96cm x 4.5cm

Artwork Dimension: 76cm Diameter x 4cm depth

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$5,800

'A Moment in Time'

 

Soft dreamy colours, with bold palette knife strokes - bringing me instantly back to my childhood memories of dancing in the rain in fields full of wild flowers.

Enhanced by the delicate sprinkling of glitter dust (often referred to by me as “magic dust”) creating this magical twilight feel as it catches the light.

 

‘A Moment in Time’ is framed in a beautiful brushed champagne frame & mounted on glossy black acrylic panel to pop all the dreamy colours – creating an incredibly elegant piece fit for any corporate space or home interior.

 

Original Mixed Media on Canvas

2020

Framed: 50cm x 50cm x 4cm

Artwork Dimension: 30cm x 30cm x 2cm

 

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,880

'Blossom'

 

In life, there is no choice to but to continuously blossom. 

Delicate petals in oil contrasting with the thick and bold movements of the palette knife - reminding us go forth in life with boldness and compassion.

An absolutely stunning piece that was created from my own imagination and dreams.

 

‘Blossom’ is framed in a beautiful brushed champagne frame & mounted on glossy black acrylic panel to pop the enchanting colours – creating an incredibly elegant finish fit for any corporate space or home interior. 

 

Original Mixed Media on Canvas

2020

Framed: 50cm x 50cm x 4cm

Artwork Dimension: 30cm x 30cm x 2cm

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,880

'Black Magic'

I wanted to celebrate the colour black because black is beautiful and magical too. 

 

Black corresponds to water in Fengshui and is considered to be a neutral colour in Chinese culture and is the colour of heaven, symbolising the northern and western sky. The colour black represents immortality, knowledge, stability and power. 

 

The striking luminescent colours represent the celebration of life and festivities from my culture. A big part of my childhood involves much eating and celebrations of each other’s cultures and ethnicities, which is represented by the joyful and vibrant strokes.
 

This is no ordinary black but the blackest of black, made from a special technology and pigment called “Nanoblack”. 

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2018

Framed: 96cm x 50cm x 7cm

Artwork Dimension: 91cm x 45.5cm x 4cm

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$2,200

"Hug Me, Squish Me"

I remember the languid afternoons spent stroking and tending to the cats I had at one point in my childhood. They were not housecats, but rather cats from the neighbourhood that I adopted and fed. They were my source of comfort and solace during my unhappy moments. 

 

‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

I miss having cats now in my adult life and infusing them into my paintings was my way to relive those sweet memories.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2019

Framed: 53cm x 53cm x 7cm ( 21” x 21”)

Artwork Dimension: Diameter 40cm x 2cm Depth

 

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$2,800

'Curiosity Killed the Cats'

I love how cats are constantly playful and curious about life. I think that staying constantly curious is the key to a fulfilled life but how far does one go? At what point is Pandora’s box opened and the curiosity “kills”?

 

‘Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

 

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

I miss having cats now in my adult life and infusing them into my paintings was my way to relive those sweet memories.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2019

Framed: 53cm x 53cm x 7cm ( 21” x 21”)

Artwork Dimension: Diameter 40cm x 2cm Depth

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$2,800

 

 

 

'Sirap Bandung is my Favourite Drink'

Sirap Bandung is this sweet, pink drink made of rose syrup, milk and often served during festivities in Malaysia. A sip of this vibrant pink drink always brings me back home.

Courage’ is the latest series of paintings from my Botanicals Collection. Instead of trying to recreate nature with my brush and palette knife, I decided to incorporate the lush nature from my childhood into my paintings.

By incorporating real leaves and flowers, the authentic and beautiful essence of Mother Nature transcends onto the canvas. 

Seeing the intensity of the results from each intricate and individual leaf and flower pattern was empowering; every crease and angle is captured in way a brush could never express so acutely.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2019

Framed: 25cm x 65cm x 7cm 

Artwork Dimension: 20cm x 60cm (10” x 26”)

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,655

'Rising Tides'

Koi fish with a difference was my inspiration for this luminescent oil on canvas. 

My desire was to create a piece packed with energy and movement which is truly characteristic of koi fish, yet calming and peaceful to gaze at and get lost in.

The fishes are three-dimensional, created with thick palette knife strokes in oil paint - making them stand out against the heavily textured background of waves and light. 

This painting took close to three years to create, waiting for each layer days to dry and for the vision to fully emerge.

‘Rising Tides’ is framed in a beautiful brushed European gold leaf frame & mounted on glossy black acrylic panel to pop all the luminescent colours – creating an incredibly elegant Feng Shui piece that will bring auspicious luck to any corporate space or home.

Original Oil on Belgian Linen Canvas with Copper & Silver Leafing

2020

Framed: 84cm x 66cm x 5.5cm 

Artwork Dimension: 61cm x 46cm x 5cm 

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$5,500

'Come Closer'

‘The Dualism of life’ - this piece of art plays on the subtlety of the middle finger which can be interpreted as a vulgarity OR a beckoning one to come closer to examine the beauty in the details of the art and life. It all depends on how you choose to look at it.

 

Much like life, we often jump to conclusions on first impressions. Take a closer look and you will see the beauty you have initially missed.

 

The Hello Kitty is also a play on the over-commercialism of the brand and iconic representation of the cat figure which is, contrary to belief,  a little girl and not a cat.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2020

Framed: 40.5cm x 40.5cm x 4,5cm 

Artwork Dimension: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4cm (10” x 10”)

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,500

'Cat-titude'

 

‘Cat with an Attitude’ – embrace life with the attitude and such force to face it head on. Confront your fears as if there is no other way.

 

This piece of art plays on the subtlety of the middle finger which can be interpreted as a vulgarity OR a beckoning one to come closer to examine the beauty in the details of the art and life. It all depends on how you choose to look at it.

 

The Hello Kitty is also a play on the over-commercialism of the brand and iconic representation of the cat figure which is, contrary to belief,  a little girl and not a cat.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2020

Framed: 40.5cm x 40.5cm x 4,5cm 

Artwork Dimension: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4cm (10” x 10”)

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,500

'Bao Meow'

 

Doraemon was one of my favourite cartoon series in my childhood days. I loved how the cat would go on its adventures – to various foreign lands and scenarios. 

 

I love the sense of adventure in life that Doraemon is all about (to me, at least). 

 

This painting is almost a piece of sculptural art with layers and layers of foliage sticking out in a three dimensional way at the top of the canvas. Casting a dreamy wonderland sort of effect, this painting takes me on an adventure into faraway lands.

 

Part of the 10” x 10” mini cat series, this painting is custom stretched and mounted on a glossy acrylic black frame for that contemporary look, whilst bringing out details of the artwork itself.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2020

Framed: 40.5cm x 40.5cm x 4,5cm 

Artwork Dimension: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4cm (10” x 10”)

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,500

'Konichi-Wow'

Fairies, Elves, Gnomes and Goblins – this evokes a sense of an Enchanted Forest. Sculptural layer upon layers of acrylic paint creates a sense of depth with little details hiding under each leaf. 

 

Mixed media using premium Japanese Gold leaf, pigment powder and Washi paper infused into the artwork to create a delightful palette of colours and textures. This is a gorgeous piece that would look stunning and bring a pop of colour and vibrance to any space.

 

Part of the 10” x 10” mini cat series, this painting is custom stretched and mounted on a glossy acrylic black frame for that contemporary look, whilst bringing out details of the artwork itself.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2020

Framed: 40.5cm x 40.5cm x 4,5cm 

Artwork Dimension: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4cm (10” x 10”)

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,500

'Mushi Mushi'

 

A burst of sunlight and rainbow on canvas, Mushi-mushi is cheeky and fun with gorgeous little details hiding around every corner. 

 

The Japanese cats are believed to bring luck and prosperity to one’s home. Mixed media using matt and glossy acrylic paint, pigment powder and Washi paper infused into the artwork to create a delightful palette of colours and textures. 

 

This is a gorgeous piece that would look stunning and bring a pop of colour and vibrance to any space.

 

Part of the 10” x 10” mini cat series, this painting is custom stretched and mounted on a glossy acrylic black frame for that contemporary look, whilst bringing out details of the artwork itself.

 

Original Mixed Media on Belgian Linen Canvas

2020

Framed: 40.5cm x 40.5cm x 4,5cm 

Artwork Dimension: 25.5cm x 25.5cm x 4cm (10” x 10”)

Price including Worldwide Shipping: USD$1,500

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