Size: 12"W x 18"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"Sonoran Spring" is one of a series of mixed media paintings in which I explore my emotional reactions to the Sonoran Desert. The desert plants are both forbidding - because they are all armed with spines! - and attracting - because of their unusual beauty and their colorful flowers The only place in the world that the giant saguaro cactus grows naturally is in the Sonoran Desert.
I folded the origami prickly pear from a design by John Montroll, a prolific origami author, and the small saguaro is from a design by Kyoei Katsuta.
I custom cut the mat and hand painted it to enhance the overall visual effect of the scene.
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.