Marie at work at the easel (below)
It's an up-close view of a rare and endangered Tiburon Mariposa Lily, found only on Ring Mountain in Marin County, California. In order to do this painting, I obtained permission to use reference photos taken by two California photographers, RandomTruth and Tom Hilton. Thanks!
I did a lot of research on this Lily beforehand. I learned it was declared endangered in 1987 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service due to loss of surrounding habitat to recreational activities, competition from invasive species, and proximity to dense population centers. The scientific name is Calochortus tiburonensis, a rare member of the family Liliaceae.
It's still on the easel so stay tuned for the finished painting! Thank you my friends.