Type of art: Painting, Drawing, Graphics & Photography

In the late spring and early summer when we have strawberries in the house, I can't resist using their natural vibrancy and celebratory nature for inspiration. In this particular bowl, the surrounding wood burned waves and lines suggests the strawberries essence wafting about.

Materials: beechwood bowl, metallic paint, wood burning and strawberries.

Technique: I rubbed in a light brown background. Next, I took fresh strawberries, halved them and placed them on the wooden suface of the bowl. The next day, I removed the berries and painted in the body of the after image. I painted a black acrylic edge around the berries and woodburned out the surrounding paint.

Size: 10 inches

Price: $150
Courtney Biggs
Cherokee Nation
(616) 915-4277
Osiyo, my name is Courtney Biggs. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my wife, Bonnie. We have one daughter, Lois, who is currently pursuing a post graduate degree in Social Art History at the University of Leeds in Northern England. Needless to say, we are very proud of her. Although I have lived in West Michigan most of my life, I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. My mother was born in Bunch, Oklahoma where the Choate family was and still is established. My mother's mother was from the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota while her father was Cherokee. It is an honor to share my mother's, grandparents' and ancestors' essence through my art. Currently my canvases of choice are Beechwood Bowls. I love the fact that they are born of this Woodland region and that they hold my interpretations of family, inheritance and vision. I pay respect to my family through the use of vibrant color and designs drawn from nature and heritage.
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