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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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03 March 2009

Rose eye candy

I thought I may have died and went to pink roses heaven today! I went to visit a 92 years young lady that paints china. I made a connection with a neighbor of hers at a small local craft show before Christmas. There were just a few pieces displayed, but the intricacy was incredible. So I took her business card and finally made a point to drive over to her house--and this is what I saw!
I only wish I had my regular camera--I was snapping pics with my cell phone!! There were 3 long tables of all of this beautiful hand painted china--that doesnt include the 2 tables of Victorian lamps!

Full sets of China--service for TWELVE on one set-- wow--coffee and tea sets, canister sets, vases, bathroom accessories and so much more! Again, my cell phone photos do not show the incredible work Irene has done over the last 60+ years! She has won many awards and even painted China for Gerald Ford.
I snapped the above pic of this sign, I figured it had been used for quite some time. You see, Irene is originally from Whittier, California. She moved to Oregon 4 years ago to be closer to her only son and his family. She lives on 1.5 acres with this HUGE studio and still paints almost everyday. She does not look like she is 90+ years. I can only wish I have her good health at that age.
I ended up spending way more than I planned, but what girl could resist such beauty? I got a couple of her pieces that she painted in 1945--she signs and dates all her pieces as well as whether they were painted in California or Oregon. This is truly one remarkable lady, and I hope to go back to her studio soon and buy more! Irene does not sell on the internet, much less have a computer or email. Her sales are all word of mouth. I feel so lucky to have met her. If anyone has any interest in her pieces, please contact me and I can put you in contact with her.


Lynn said...

WOW oh WOW oh WOW, you really must have been in heaven Debbi, this is amazing, what an incredible woman too, focusing on her passion for painting on china has probably kept her so young. Good for her :)

Shabby Cottage Collectibles said...

OMG how beautiful! I would want to buy it all. Next time you go make sure to take a digital camera so we can see all the detail! Thanks for sharing, Esther

Rebecca said...

Holie Molie...What a wonderful thing to see...

Just want you to know I read your sweet profile and I, too, am trying DESPERATELy to EXIT eBay... After almost seven years of selling I just LONG to only sell on my own site. Haven't ever tried ETSY. I have an account just sooo afraid it's another eBay thing. Can you share more?


Hugs, Rebecca
@A Gathering Place

sandisstuff said...

What an absolutely privilege to be able to view such beautiful work much less meet the lady who painted it all - I too would probably have to bring a pick up to take my treasures home. Good thing I live so far away.

Just beautiful Debbi - show us some of the items you purchased.


sandisstuff said...

What an absolutely privilege to be able to view such beautiful work much less meet the lady who painted it all - I too would probably have to bring a pick up to take my treasures home. Good thing I live so far away.

Just beautiful Debbi - show us some of the items you purchased.


Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Bingo!!...What a find!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I will never complain again after seeing what a woman this age can do. Now that is what I call being passionate about their work! I ALSO would have thought I had died and gone to heaven. I continue to fall in love with dishes..and think I should only have two sets. One for everyday..and one for company. Since I have been blogging I have found that is not so at all. So..I am constantly on the lookout for lovely sets of dishes. What a wonderful artist to have discovered!! Mona

Margaret Cloud said...

I don't blame everyone for wowing, this is so beautiful, I can't imagine anyone painting all that china. Thank you for sharing all this china.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! How wonderful she can & is still doing this!! Everything is so gorgeous! I'm afraid I'd get in there and wouldn't be able to decide what to get, LOL Kid in a candy store! I'm sure this is what keeps her going & healthy, good for her. She is one talented lady, and you are one very lucky lady!!


Anonymous said...

Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog & I am so happy I did!! I am speechless looking at all this fantastic HP china!! I wish I had zillions of dollars... I know where I'd go!! :) :)
I will be back to your blog as I love it!!
Until Later!

Denise Elizabeth said...

Hey thanks for all the comments. Plus what a incredible lady. Thanks for sharing your story. Denise Elizbeth

Fleur de Bee said...

OMGosh WOW!!!!!! PUHLEASE give me her info!!!!!! I am drooling! AND pretty jealous lol.

xoxo Molly

Anonymous said...

I live in the area and would love to see and purchase some of her china. Please let me know how I could find her studio.
Portland Oregon

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I WISH I lived close to go see all this treasure! What DID you get??? I would LOVE to see pictures of it???
I'm JUST noticing this post, I'm new here BUT I'm wishing you a "Happy New Year" as we enter into 2011!!!


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