“The painting was done in October of an unusually kind fall. The dry leaves are from a nearby pin oak and a woolly bear is looking for a sheltered home for winter. A praying mantis has laid an egg mass on one of the rose canes. The red leaves of the young rose canes echo the colors of fall.”
Wampler captures the changing of the seasons in this work. Flower petals and leaves become brown with age and fall hopelessly to the ground. The surviving blossoms begin to wilt, holding on in the first gusts of cold fall air. She animates the process with swift brushstrokes, capturing the final lively moments of the vibrant yellow rose.