Size: 16"W x 20"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
This little girl is Masuyo. Her name means "benefit the world". She is the type of person that befriends wild creatures which is the kind of harmony the world needs more of. She is approaching the pandas with gentleness and inner strength, which are the same qualities that pandas are known for.
For me, this Asian scene represents the possibilities that patience and mutual trust can achieve.
I painted the bamboo stand with sepia ink, and folded Masuyo and the pandas with Japanese origami papers.
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.