Description There is an old Celtic myth behind this painting, about a young man cursed by his own mother that he may never marry a mortal woman. His uncle out of pity created for him a woman out of meadowsweet, oak and bloom flowers, so that he may marry. 'Bloddeuwedd', meaning 'Face of Flowers', however did not love her husband, and eventually took a lover with whom she plotted to kill her husband. They succeed, but for her 'treachery' she was transformed into an owl, doomed to fly during the night, and cut off from the rest of birdkind. This is one of my new paintings about Celtic women and Goddess', showing Bloddeuwedd in a mass of flowers, wearing an owl mask. This painting won 'Best of Show' at the Conversion XIV Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention.
Cari Buziak, Calgary Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement Cari Buziak currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, with one cat, one dog, and one beehive. She enjoys crafting and creating costumes and doing all sorts of creative things like knitting and quilting. In a mix of old techniques (hand made gesso, egg tempera, gold leaf) and new (several Mac computers) she recreates ancient manuscripts in painted and digital form for a wide variety of merchandising and fine art needs.
Idolized artists include Jon Muth, Charles Vess, Brian Froud, Maxfield Parish, and Archibald Knox. Cari had the honor of being invited to Ireland for the summer of 2000, to work as the artist for an archaeology dig. The Ballykilcline Project, centered in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, gave her the opportunity to reconstruct artifacts by sketching, create promotional paintings of the dig site, and also to further her own research into Celtic art and mythology.
Current and past published works include book illustrations for Interweave Press, Penguin/Pearson Books, Llewellyn Publications, Chronicle Books), designing for Irish Dance dresses, jewelry designs and other commissioned works. Her work has been featured in design magazines and she has had gallery exhibitions in Calgary, Toronto, Indiana, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oregon, Japan, London, and New York. Cari has sold worldwide, and her artwork appears in private collections in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.