Description This is a tree based on the Tree of Life theme, but I wanted to show with it a more diverse history. So we have beginning at the bottom celtic Knotwork, symbolizing paths toward growth, a journey. This in turn evolves into the Vine, with mother natures deep symbolism seen in many ancient cultures, and that becomes Animal as we continue upwards. That becomes humankind, both Man and Woman, and they in turn become the sacred Peacock, thought to carry the spirit to heaven after death. The heaven's themselves are filled with brilliant Spirals, symbolizing both nature as a whole and as well the spirit and the mind. This all surrounds the Tree of Life, which in this case is the Tree of ALL Life - humankind, spirit, nature and animal all together.
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.