Often we are asked how we came upon this name Soul of the Rose Floral Design Studio. Soft and mysterious-sometimes I feel as if I should only lightly whisper it.
The man behind the name and the painting “Soul of the Rose” is Neo-Classical artist John William Waterhouse who was renowned for lifelike, lavish works that were hauntingly sensual. Born in Italy and raised in England, Waterhouse (1849 – 1917) was a leading painter of historical, mythological, and literary subjects. His work had strong romantic Pre-Raphaelite influences, with a strong Victorian narrative. Waterhouse was a member of the Royal Academy, and often painted powerful or doomed women. Achieving success during his lifetime, Waterhouse created more than 200 works of art.