Shirley Novak is simply smitten with poppies. The Colorado-based artist grew up growing, drawing and painting poppies, and continues to do so today. She says, "Poppies always inspire me to paint them. They are a great combination of bright color, lyrical stems and buds accenting. The way the breezes toss them about is so whimsical." Her appreciation for the flowers can be seen in her many lighthearted and multicolored works of art that feature them. Painting in oils using a wet-on-wet technique, Shirley paints outdoors whenever possible, whether in her garden or on location while traveling.