Jane Peterson (1876-1965) first visited Florida in 1918 when she organized the Palm Beach Country Art Club, which later became the Palm Beach Art League. In 1925 then nearing her fiftieth birthday, Peterson married a successful corporate lawyer, Bernard Philipp. During this marriage Peterson began to paint flowers both as portraits and still life compositions. Bernard Philipp died in 1929 leaving Peterson a rich woman. This allowed her to travel; spending summers in Europe or Ipswich, Massachusetts, spring in New York and winters on the Riviera or in Palm Beach. The painting in our exhibition Hibiscus depicts a flower commonly seen in Florida landscapes.