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A major turning point in my life was when I ended a 28 year relationship..forcing me to look inward as to who I am. I went back to the Southwest, mainly Utah and New Mexico, where I believe my spirit roams.
When I got back home, I created a pottery business which I named Canyon Pottery. I focused on making pieces using clay tones of the Southwest…this got my creative juices flowing again.
While I closed the business a number of years ago, I became an advocate for animals, in particular, the magnificent elephant. In fact, I have a room in my house dedicated to elephants, and in this room are 3 murals by an amazing artist from Washington state. Inspired by her work, I decided to give murals a try. While visiting my brother, a wood turner, a few years ago, we talked extensively about wood projects. That trip and those conversations really stoked a fire within me! So when I got home , I bot a jig saw and started making simple wood projects. Then, a lightening bolt hit..my passion and love for the American Southwest emerged with such a creative force, and I started making cactus murals.
Just as I was drawn to a specific area of the country as my inspiration, so was I drawn to create murals as my means of expression. When I create, I feel the energy I experienced at the “Badlands” of the Dakotas. The Lakota people dubbed this region “mako sica,” or “bad lands”, long ago because it’s rocky terrain, lack of water and extreme temperatures made it difficult to traverse the “badlands”. So I try to recreate that same sense of the rough and unyielding in my murals.
The texture and colors of the wood used in each mural are reminiscent of the landscape, texture and colors of the canyons, desert and prairie fields of the American West, a region I hold dear. Inspired by the breathtaking local beauty, I began to create wood murals using only natural wood, and making each mural like a puzzle, using no pattern. My use of lavender paint is only used to highlight colorful flowers on the cactus.