An original oil painting by June Pauline Zent 22×30 inches on archival linen board

Several photos of this flower were sent to me from Italy taken by my Son in law who retired from the Navy after 20 years of service as  Lt. Commander William Roark. I named the flower after him as a tribute. He was a helicopter pilot for the Navy and was stationed in Italy for several years. He was also stationed in Japan and he and my oldest son gave me the opportunity to visit both countries. He now pilots jets in Afghanistan for a private company.

This is my rendition of the Italian Hibiscus which fascinated me because of the brilliant colors. I have never seen one like this in the United States. It has been shown several times in art competitions and has won one award.I wish that I had this flower in my garden but the Hibiscus I own are either deep red or pink. If you have seen one like this please let me know


About artzent

I am a visual artist and teacher of Fine art working and teaching in all 2D media. You can see images of my work in many categories, view my biography,comment on artwork, see what's on the easel right now, and more when you go to I will be blogging here about personal true stories and sharing my life and work. I hope that you will comment and share yours with me!
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  1. Its absolutely stunning!

  2. artzent says:

    Thank you so much Maggie. so glad that you enjoy it!

  3. soumyav says:

    very bright and full of life June! this combination of hibiscus is rare.we do find many types and colours of them in India..but this one is awesome..

  4. artzent says:

    Yes Soumya, that’s why I wanted to paint it because it was so unusual. I am very glad that you enjoyed it! and thanks for the compliments.

  5. Addie Roark says:

    Neighbors who follow Bill on Facebook all rave of the painting, as if they’ve never seen it before. Gee why? Because they haven’t until now. Good job, mom!

    • artzent says:

      Thank you sweetie, I am glad that it has pleased Bill. He deserves the credit more than me. I am glad that you like it also and of course his friends. Love you!

  6. Manu Kurup says:

    Though I haven’t personally seen one of this kind, one of my friend’s Dad is a keen gardener who has a forest in his house. He is a professor in Botany and does experi’mental’ (in his own son’s words) stuff with plants. For the first time, I’ll take a look at his plant/flower forest and see if this one is available.
    Great painting, June. I’m sure Commander Roark would be proud of it… 🙂

  7. Sharon says:

    Beautiful.June! If you ever find out where to get one of these, pass the info on to me too. Beautiful Flower, Beautiful Artwork!

    • artzent says:

      Thank you so much Manu. I would love to find someone who has one here and it is kind of you to ask your friend. Yes Commander Roark does like the painting. His wife comments above yours. Have a wonderful day!

    • artzent says:

      Thank you Sharon. You never know someone here might find one for us. Other than that You have to go to Italy and then get it past the customs. I did that once with orange seeds. I think that they thought I had them in my purse for lunch. lol I have three Italian orange trees growing in my garden tight now . they are about five foot high and grown from seed so they will not bloom for another three years but they are healthy. Thanks for your compliments as always. Hugs

  8. Very strongly evokes the feeling of the perfect harmony of the other works of soulfulness, very nice work , and I appreciate his high artistic value

  9. artzent says:

    Thank you Stefan; Your comments are always uplifting and I am always glad to see you here.

  10. dilipnaidu says:

    Gorgeous and brightens the mood! Great painting – my congratulations.

  11. artzent says:

    Thank you Sir. It is always nice to have you come here and compliment. It brightens my day!

  12. says:

    Absplutely beauyiful!  I have never seen one like it either.  Is there a posibility you could get one througha flower exchange or a nursery – special order?


    • artzent says:

      Thank you Madrea for your compliments; they mean so much to me! I have been checking on line but have not found a place that has them. Let me know if you do. .Love you

  13. johncoyote says:

    A amazing flower and photo. Your son is lucky to travel and see the beauty of the Earth.

  14. I have a nice morning with this flower! It give me peace and calm sensation. Thank you for your post! Such a great artist! Have a nice weekend, smiles.

  15. artzent says:

    Thank you Sornia, I am so glad that it helped make a happy morning for you .Your compliments help make a happy morning for me and I am so glad that you took the time to come here. Hope that your weekend is wonderful and (smiles) right back at you!

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