Gülnur Ekşi paints plants from a forest in Chile

In October and November 2010, Gülnur Ekşi spent 10 days based at the coastal location of Cachagua, which is about 100 km north west of Santiago. All of her paintings of Chilean plants have been painted from gardens in the UK so this gave a first opportunity to see Chilean plants growing in the wild. It was a great experience for her to explore the unique forests above Zapallar which represent some of the only remaining forest of their type. From these forests she prepared paintings of Chlorea bletioides, Passiflora pinatistipula, Phycella bicolor and Senna stipulacea var angulorum. On return to her nativeTurkey she will spend many weeks completing these paintings.