COMMANDER ROARK’S HIBISCUS
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