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I don’t just sell art. I form relationships with my collectors. I bring people together, make a house a home or an office a welcoming place. I create and inspire.
A few years ago one of my collectors contacted me with a very special request. She said it took her many months to get up the nerve to ask because she thought I would say no. Her Mom had passed away and she wanted to do something special with her ashes. She wanted to know if I would be willing to incorporate some of her mother into one of my pieces. A commission based on “Fire Over Copper Lake”. I did not hesitate and said yes.
I was soon touched to learn that we shared a Native American ancestry. Her Mom was a healer in this life and touched many souls. In my lifetime I have had a spiritual guide named Ama which means water in Cherokee. The piece I would be creating had to do with a “lake”…or water. Her mother’s Indian name was “clear water”. Creating this memorial painting felt more than right for me….it felt like a homage to my own spiritual mother as well. She arrived in a beautiful pouch surrounded by the sweet smell of sage. I handled her with care and blessed her ashes before I mixed them with the paint. The piece turned out beautifully….my collector was moved beyond words…and I like to think that a few ashes are here in my studio still and that Ama is with me always…..