A self-taught painter from Louisiana, Clementine Hunter is known for her colorful and straightforward scenes culled from her memories of life on a Southern plantation. Having worked primarily in the cotton fields and then as a domestic servant, her compositions include scenes of outdoor activity and still lifes of everyday objects.
Varied arrangements of zinnias, a flower that can commonly be found in the South, is a subject to which she continually returned. Zinnias in a Pot captures a freshly cut bunch of blooms in flat perspective against a vibrant yellow background. The flowers confront the viewer with their simple beauty and vibrancy, extending out beyond the edge of their small blue pot.