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Dia de los Muertos 2010

Dia De Los Muertos - 2010
Private Collection
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Polymer clay tiles; Glass tiles, Mirror tiles, Papel picate
October 12, 2010

Dia de los Muertos 2010 was originally created in response to a call for pieces to celetrate the Day of the Dead. Although I have lived in South Texas most of my life and have studied Spanish and Central and South American customs, I have never "got" the concept. By the time I finished this piece, though, I had much more of a feel for the celebration of life that is Dia de los Muertos. Just before I started work on this piece, a friend lost her young nephew in a tragic accident. Shortly after I started work on the project a young student at my daughter's university entered the campus, fired several shots from an assault rifle and then killed himself. This piece was created in response to and in honor of their lives.

Homage To Leonardo

Homage To Leonardo
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Polymer clay tiles, Mirror tiles
September 29, 2010

Homage to Leonardo is based around some of my favorite images of Leonardo da Vinci's work. The central image is one of the studies for Leda and the Swan.  The Madonna on the right side is a detail from The Madonna of the Yarnwinder (image reversed).  The image on the left side is the only known drawing of Leonardo da Vinci - a self-portrait of the artist as an older man.

Always and Forever

Always And Forever
Private collection
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Polymer clay, Mirror tiles, Glass tiles, Painted tile
September 13, 2010

Always and Forever is a mosaic icon created as an anniversary gift. The husband had just been diagnosed with advanced terminal liver cancer. He passed away a week before this piece was finished. Many of the tiles commemorate important aspects of their lives.