Once upon a time, there was a little girl,
Who loved to spin and cartwheel, dance and twirl.
She played outside among grasses, flowers and leaves,
And next to a pond where snappers spied from the reeds.
Behind her father, she trailed in his gardens bright,
To weed and nurture and cut out the plight.
She learned to grow corn and tomatoes and peas,
But also lilacs and irises – and red balm for the bees.
Decades later, and the garden now yields so much more.
It is inspiration for art, the creation which satisfies to the core.
She hopes you feel the love, joy and passion,
And maybe even admire the fashion,
Of these whimsical, cheeky, happy Petal People,
Made from petals, ferns, leaves and even a flower’s sepal.
My mission is to make you smile and bring a sense of childlike whimsy to your walls with my Petal People pressed flower figures. No part of these figures has been drawn, painted or computer-enhanced. They are created only from ferns, leaves, flowers and herbs, or parts of those plants that I have grown in my garden (or snatched from other gardens, road sides and fields). Lately, I’ve been putting a little more sass in them, including a naked stick figure here and there, which entertain me to no end.
I am a self-taught artist. I majored in English in college and spent a decade working as an editor at a Boston newspaper. Making “stuff” was a way to relax from the stresses and deadlines of the job. As a result, I have dappled in many art forms and taken a slew of adult education classes, from stained glass to furniture upholstery, needle felting to book binding … which means I have every tool known to man: a glass grinder, glue gun, a tabletop loom, a gocco printer, knitting needles and every kind of pliers you could imagine. I am simply called to create every day, whether it is in my garden, my studio or my kitchen. Enjoy!