Size: 14"W x 11"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2015
In Asian cultural folklore the "Safe Journey" title is three-fold: It refers to the Buddhist monk on his personal journey to a monastery, the flight of the three ibis birds, and lastly the great horned owl. The owl spirit guide says "one can see the true reality beyond illusion and deceit". Perhaps this is what prompted the Buddhist monk to pause at this point in his travels.
The background is acrylic ink on watercolor paper; I love the intensity of their pigments. The folded figures all use traditional Japanese origami papers.
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.