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I started painting butterflies in 1992, before I read my foster fathers letter which I've spoke about on my video. I have always wanted to create art and started creating jigsaw pictures in 1987 made from wood. Most of the jigsaw art was taken from patterns wherever I could find them. I had a butterfly pattern that most of my clients really liked but it was not painted and had the grain showing in the hard wood. I then started hand painting the butterflies.
The hand painted butterflies seemed to be a natural since I am a Professor in Agriculture and had several books that identify butterflies to species. I chose several species that looked interesting and several that I had seen before that were common to the Southeast. I used oil and acrylic paint on the very first butterfly but I did not mix the two together. I liked the outcome so I continued to add more species.
Even though the butterflies are limited editions, each butterfly is a unique, hand painted work of art and represent renditions from butterflies found all over the world. The medium is acrylic varnish over acrylic paint on thin wood substrate that is about 1/64" to 1/8" thick. Each butterfly is also signed and numbered for authenticity. Some species can likely be found in your back yard, while others are very rare and are found only in remote jungle areas of tropical environments. Some of the more abundant species have common names while the more obscure species have not received a common name, for indeed, they are quite uncommon.
Ready To Hang
All artwork has a picture hanger attached to the back, ready to hang on your wall.
Shipping a Butterfly
Shipping is free to anywhere in the US mainland. Each butterfly will be securely bubble-wrapped and placed in a box for shipping by UPS or Parcel Post. Each butterfly will be automatically insured for the actual cost of the artwork.
These butterflies are somewhat fragile and are not intended as a toy for children. Several have been broken over the years as children seem to be attracted to them. When children are allowed to play with these wooden butterflies, that's about all that it takes to "kill a LaPrade butterfly".