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Rosie’s Wedding

4 Tile purple coneflower4 Tile purple coneflowerIt’s fun when life comes full circle. My high school years were spent at a small, all-girl Catholic school. In my graduating class of around 90, we formed close friendships. One friend, Rosie Applebee ended up marrying into my family. We became enriched and blessed because of her addition.

Her beloved daughter got married and as a gift, instead of a toaster oven, Rosie gave her a piece consisting of two pieces of my artwork. Because the flowers in her wedding were a vibrant range of purples, we chose the  coneflower theme in those tones for this commission.

“These two “Sister” Coneflower Pieces will be a perfect addition to the kids’ first apartment together. No matter where they end up, they can take them along”, said Rosie

Bravo, mom for thinking of adding art into your kids lives. This gift will always bring joy, beauty and a smile to their faces to warm their new home.

Poppies – “Poppy/Pappy”

4 Tile poppy with budThe word Pappy means Señor in Spanish. This is according to my older sister, whose horse bears this name. Ever since we were kids she loved riding and desired to own a horse. Well, 30 years later her loving husband allowed her to buy “Pappy” I heard “Poppy” when she first told me about him.

After about 2 ½ years during a lesson she took a bad fall breaking some bones and her confidence with her horse. Her teacher recommended selling her beautiful animal for a gentler one. She did and her dream then broke.

This piece that you see here is for my sister. The clay I chose specifically for its nature to crack during the drying process (her broken dream). The flowers, which are California Poppies, were chosen because of all their years spent schooling during their under grad and post grad times and the name of her horse. Even though the piece is cracked, it’s still beautiful, just like the experience she had with her horse.

This is from my heart to you, Liz. Dreams do come true…they just look different sometimes. I love you.

NFS

12 tile Sunflower with a cream glaze

Tile wall hanging of a Sunflower made from hand carved ceramic tilesI Recently photographed, this 12 tile Sunflower measures approximately 36″ tall by 12″ wide. Each tile is roughly 6″ x 6″ but very irregular and organic looking.

This has a cream colored overglaze to harmonize the colors below. What this does to the colors makes them very subtle and delicate looking. This look works well in very sophisticated palettes.

You will be able to view this piece starting in February at the Phoenix Airport Museum, Terminal 4. It is a part of the Birds, Bugs and Blooms Show!

price: $720.00