Desert Botanical Mini Series
The summer season reminds me of one major thing I need to survive: heat. The sun's rays transport me back to the Southwest, where some of my earliest roots were set. I grew up in Mesa, AZ until my family returned to the Minot, ND area when I was 6 years old. I have traveled back to visit many times, each time filled with a sense of vitality and warmth.
Like many folks, I love succulents--I have several in my home. For inspiration and further reflection, I researched desert botanicals, which led me to the Desert Botanical Gardens in the Southwest region. According to Arizona's Desert Botanical Garden staff, "the Earth's deserts are home to over 1 billion people. The delicate balance between humans and unique biota that thrive in these habitats depends largely on maintaining a healthy and stable desert environment...Biological and cultural diversity influence each other." This knowledge filled my work with more meaning and connection.
I have loved where my work has been going lately. My preoccupation with desert botanicals pushed me to figure out how to tie them into my current pieces. The answer was an image transfer, something I had learned in my Creative Visionary Course a few months ago.
Image transfers have become integral to my current work as I have been experimenting and playing with different techniques. I draw the image on deli paper, print it using a laser printer to size, and apply it with soft acrylic gel. I chose to draw other succulents in these pieces for variety.
If you want to view these pieces in person, please visit Atomic Coffee in downtown Fargo any time in July!