Size: 12"W x 18"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
Moving to the Sonoran Desert region of the Southwest, I fell in love with the mountains, sunsets, and wildlife in the desert. Growing up in the Northeast, my image of a desert was barren and empty - how wrong that notion was! The Sonoran Desert supports so many plants and animals - many of which I had never seen before.
I've created a series of Southwest landscapes to capture some of the feelings I now experience in the desert. This piece was created on watercolor paper, first with acrylic ink on the background, then with torn art papers for the mountains and desert ground.
My cowboy has my own designed folded-paper clothing combined with cut paper, including hand-cut metallic card for the belt and other accessories. The prickly pear cactus is folded from Thai Unryu mulberry paper, and the desert dog from traditional Japanese origami paper.
I hand painted the custom made mat to complement the feel of the image and the warmth of the desert.
Born on the West coast and raised in the East, I now live in the Sonoran Desert region of the American Southwest. Making art was my first love as a child and art continues to impact me every day of my life. Although I grew up in a small town my family provided plenty of artistic influences. My father loved art and music and spent his recreational time on hand-carving and woodworking projects. One of his brothers was a commercial artist who enjoyed painting portraits and landscapes when he wasn’t working for his business. “Handmade is always better” is what I remember my mother saying whenever it came to gift and card giving. Plus two of my five sisters also majored in art, so our home was full of creativity! Majoring in art was a natural outcome of always loving to create imagery in a variety of ways, from drawing and painting to photography and working with clay. Currently my focus is on mixed-media, incorporating paper art techniques with traditional methods.