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Cherisse Mia artist photo

My abstract art is elegant jewelry for walls, shimmering, dazzling, vivid, swirling movement of colorand texture.  The need to play and the freedom and energy that make me feel truly alive, along with profound ties to the beauty and intricacy of the natural world motivate me to create and I invite you to take that journey with me where the flames of emotion are fanned and inspiration takes root. 

As a young girl I first started looking for fossils and rocks when I lived in Jackson, Wyoming.  I call myself an amateur geologist due to my fascination for all things gemstone which led to the totally unique idea of combining gemstones and art into a unique three dimensional collage.  I like the backgrounds to resemble earthy elements for setting off the gemstone arrangements.  There are florists all over the world arranging flowers into gorgeous works of art and I believe gemstones should get the same treatment.

My paintings incorporate a background in art and design.   Much of my work is lavished with rare Alberta ammolite. Ammolite is a vivid opalized gemstone with gorgeous metallic colorations found in no other place in the world. While the majority of the ammolite I use in my art is purchased from the local indigenous population who mine it on their land, I enjoy ammonite hunting expeditions where I become a living part of the landscape as I imagine what it may have looked like aeons ago when all the land was covered by a shallow sea with living cephalopods swimming about attacking prey and being hunted by mosasaurs.  Only the genus, Placenticeras, produced the lovely metallic shell that we now refer to as ammolite.  What a special place to be lucky enough to live in! 

As a young girl growing up in Washington State I was steeped in art and culture and as a child of the seventies was specifically drawn to modern art.  The West Coast imprinted on every cell of my being oceans, mountains and rain forests.   I have lived in Canada since I was twelve and call Calgary, Alberta home.  The wide-open prairies, rolling hills and breathtaking mountains have wrapped their roots around my soul and I am forever captive.  What incredible inspiration!  Alberta's unique characteristics make it a magical place, hills covered in wild flowers, streams flowing over colorful pebbles hiding silvery fish, buried treasure of ammonite and ancient dinosaur fossils, deer running free, eagles soaring high and friendly peace loving people who aren't afraid to don the odd cowboy hat and dance the night away to a rousing country tune.

Art is my soul and my true passion and I feel privileged for it to be my career.  I plan on painting until I'm 110 years old!


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