HOT off the easel—Martha has recently completed a new encaustic diptych, continuing to work with the silver metallic wax and influenced by the turquoise of the sky and the famous gemstones of the area. From the book, Turquiose Unearthed, an Illustrated Guide, we learn that, “To the native peoples of the American Southwest in particular, this “sky stone” is an ancient talisman for health and happiness, and for centuries it has been incorporated into both ceremonial and everyday jewelry, sculpture and pottery. Other cultures believe turquoise, one of the loveliest of gemstones, possesses protective powers.”
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