Size: 6"W x 12"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
A love of nature inspired this sweet image, and the origami butterfly is my favorite expression of "new beginnings". The Greek Goddess Iris (which means 'rainbow') is the personification of the rainbow, which acts as the link between heaven and earth. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to guide them in their journey to heaven.
Acrylic ink on watercolor paper began this piece and I folded the irises and butterflies using traditional Japanese origami papers.
The Asian characters in the upper right spell out "Listen To Your Heart", a sentiment that is meaningful to me. A personal thought that I keep taped to a studio lamp best expresses my feelings: "Being an artist totally absorbs me and satisfies me like nothing else. It's not something I think about but what I need to do to feel complete inner peace."
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.