The 2019 Official Festival Artwork was created by Simon Bull, a British-born artist who now resides in California. He always been fascinated by nature. Throughout his career, he has portrayed everything from realistic landscapes to colorful flowers.
In creating the event’s official artwork, Bull decided to explore themes of stability and impermanence. He said he wanted to show the contrast of how trees grow slowly and have tough branches, but their blossoms are temporary and fragile.
The artist achieved this by creating a vivid pastel background with a spinning effect. On top of this background, Bull used thick layers of liquid paint to create a dark tree with bright pink blossoms. Behind the tree, Bull depicts Washington, D.C.’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial.