I have always loved the Agriculture Show at the Santa Paula Museum, but I could never think of any subject that was in my wheelhouse — that felt like something I would love to make — not just to enter a show….until I came up with the idea of building a two-sided altar with the strawberry fields of the coastal plains on one side and the citrus groves of the inland valleys on the other. The idea sat in my head a long while… and then took the whole summer to actually complete! What got me finally working on it was cutting some Howlite, a white stone which is most famously used to make fake Turquoise (it dyes beautifully) and for anyone interested, comes from a place called TICK CANYON. It looks just like fluffy clouds!
You can see my “Citrus & Strawberry Fields Forever at the Studio Tour — and I hope at the Santa Paula Museum Ag Show!