Poster Image

Crystal Quilts of Ice


Item#: 2008SYR08

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Crystal Quilts of Ice

poster information


crystal quilts of ice
fluffy blankets of snow with
dreams that warm the soul

What I had in mind was to contrast the snow and ice that so embodies Syracuse with the warmth of Syracuse's soul.

I'm from the Delta, and I value a warm toasty sense of community and I've found that here in Syracuse -- found my life companion, found a couple of true friends, interesting colleagues and students better than I am. Rewarding relationships during an important phase of my life. Syracuse has shown me a lot of love. This is in contrast with the ice and snow, which I dislike intensely.

I was very inspired by Arthur Flower's haiku and, especially, that feeling of warmth within a Syracuse winter that he depicted. Much of my work involves children, and I knew upon reading the poem the exact piece that I was going to paint.

In this, it was important to me to portray an image that was both universal and, yet, close to the heart of Syracuse. To do so, I combined a view of Clinton Square with that of a child sleeping in her bed. In the end, the piece is both warm, in imagery and color, as well as covered in our famous and infamous Syracuse snow.

It was an honor to participate in this project and I hope that my painting will resonate with anyone that truly knows how warm Syracuse can be.