Description I was inspired for this piece actually by a sheet of the most beautiful paper I'd ever seen! The bark paper that I used in this and other artworks is made in Mexico by hand, and is extremely delicate to work on. Fortunately the wonderful mottled appearance and velvety texture makes it all worth it! The design itself is a small part derived from a pattern on the Shandwick Stone in Ross-Shire, however from there I made changes by removing a lot of the spirals and added my own elements of knotwork and the dramatic corner arrows to anchor the design.
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.