"Touch the Sky", (12 x 26.5 x 5.5 inches), 2016

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"Touch the Sky", (12 x 26.5 x 5.5 inches), 2016

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This piece was inspired by a stand of yellow wildflowers growing in one of my favorite nature preserves.  I was struck by how the flowers seemed to reach up to touch the sky, especially when viewed from the perspective of the ground.  The contrast of the yellow and blue made such a beautiful balance, and seemed to be singing out the innate drive to embrace life in whatever ways we can.  

The macro photograph was hand colored, layered with multiple layers of fused beeswax medium, hand-carved relief detail, sculpted to form, and adorned with many droplets of wax on the surface of each flower and stem.  I enjoyed the meditative flow of making the carvings, despite the intense physical labor involved.  This piece is wall-hung.

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