Researching Rhododendrons

Over the past month or so I have been preparing for an exciting mural commission in south London, which I will begin painting in less than a week. The artwork will adorn an exterior brick wall, owned by a family with strong links to India, with mandala patterns intermingled with detailed studies of the Rhododendron, a plant native to Asia but now widespread and familiar to us all in the UK.  


The are some fascinating facts and stories about the Rhododendron plant, which I will share over the coming weeks whilst I work on the mural. I've so enjoyed learning more about this beautiful plant! But in the meantime, here are a few snaps from my research phase...