Title: “HUO HE”
(Meaning, “fire box” in Chinese
and pronounced, “who-oh hay”)

Image Size: 20.5” W x 24” H
Paper Size: 21.25” W x 24.75” H (unframed)  Available
Edition: 35
Artist's Proofs: 15
Printer's Proofs:

It was with great anticipation I awaited a call from Xian in China. One of my many antique dealers had written of a great estate sale by one of the great families of this ancient town, and there was an expectation of beautiful treasures that had been handed down over generations. On the day of the sale, he went to the great hall and all that was there was a single box with flowers painted on it. A fire had burned down the house where all the treasures had been, and all that was spared was this box. He bought it for me, and today, this miracle box is a vessel for beautiful arrangements that brighten my home. It has been re-born. Little wonder the word for fire and life in Chinese, huo, is the same.

Notes on Original Work of Art:
Acrylic and fluorescent paints on heavy watercolor paper, veiled over with hand-made Japanese rice lace, bathed in a mixture of archival beeswax and UV-resistant polymers, bordered with wooden insets wrapped with pages from an early 1800’s Mongolian Buddhist black manuscript written in gold, and adorned at each corner with an antiqued metal leaf, all mounted onto wooden museum panel covered with Yixing plaster, sculpted and molded using 17th – 18th century fabric stamps and chops, then painted and gilded, and accented at top right with a mid-1800’s Chinese pagoda charm symbolizing “good fortune,” with a purple contemporary Chinese tassel, banded at top with late 1800’s Tibetan thangka cloth. (Outside insets and borders are not shown in the Edition)

Notes on Giclée:
1. The flowers are hand-embellished by the Artist with heavy palette knife work using 27 acrylic and fluorescent paint colors.

2. All Editions and Proofs signed and numbered by the Artist with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Printed using archival inks on fine art watercolor paper.

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