Well, I did it. I somehow created my favorite piece of art I’ve ever made, and I didn’t want to let her go…but I had to. She was auctioned off last Saturday at Art Con 11, with proceeds benefiting MAP (Make Art with Purpose).
I named this piece after my daughter, Kaya (the name is of Hopi Indian descent and means “elder sister”).
Kaya is a warrior, and the animal symbols in her head piece and tattoos represent three things that I hope my daughter experiences in life: wisdom (owl), courage (hummingbird), and freedom (peacock). Of course I wish those same things for my son, but it would’ve been weird to name a Native American woman after him. 😉
After many hours of woodburning, color was added with mixed media including charcoal, watercolor, ink, and silver leaf.
I was lucky to meet the winning bidder, who is awesome – and I can’t thank him enough for giving Kaya a good home and for contributing to a great cause.