Alumna Elizabeth Brandon, class of 1970 has had the distinct honor of having her art selected by the The U.S. Postal Service® for the stamp collection celebrating the beauty of flowers in American gardens. The four stamps feature still-life paintings of bountiful floral bouquets. The paintings were inspired by the Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. Each stamp features one of four different paintings of flowers gathered from the garden and artfully arranged in a container. One stamp features red camellias and yellow forsythia in a yellow pitcher, while on another there are white peonies and pink tree peonies in a clear vase. An arrangement of white hydrangeas, white and pink roses, green hypericum berries, and purple lisianthus in a white vase graces another stamp, while blue hydrangeas in a blue pot appear on another.
"What an honor and privilege it is for me to have my artwork of florals selected for a grouping of United States Forever Stamps," said Brandon. "I feel a real pride in the fact that so many people can enjoy the traditional and colorful flowers adorning their mail. Art is for everyone, and we all need beauty wherever that may appear. Placing a small stamp of art on our envelopes is one of the small joys of life."
The Postal Service receives about 40,000 suggestions annually for stamp ideas but only about 20 to 25 topics make the cut. To have your work appear on a stamp is extremely rare. The Flowers from the Garden stamps were dedicated at a ceremony on August 16 at the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and have been issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000.
To find out more about Elizabeth and her work, please visit her website www.elizabethbrandon.com.