Both pieces are by the same artist, Marj Mowers. She's from my home area. I picked both up at separate times , maybe10-18 years ago, at our hometown summer festival. They were both in the $75 range I would imagine. My parents have a work or two of hers, also, and so does an aunt of mine. The paintings are acrylic on wood, and both hang where I can see them while working on my computer. To the best of my knowledge, neither has a name.
Marm – Yes, this is an old school desktop with the inkwell hole. As you can imagine, it is a bit heavy. I was drawn to this painting by the flowers. I don't know what it was, but they just look so nice sitting there. I have a lot of teacher friends who have told me in no uncertain terms that they want this painting.
'dems da berries – These strawberries are served on a wooden tabletop. I really didn't have anything else really Asian inspired in my house at the time (I have since gotten a bamboo shoot as a housewarming present), so I'm not sure what did this for me. Maybe it was the ½ Korean girl that I'd dated? Maybe I needed a companion piece to 'Marm' so that I would then have a set? I honestly don't know. But, I did end up getting a spice box almost identical to the one in the pictures from my grandparent's house.
My decorating style incorporates a lot of darker, natural wood tones, and a lot of brass accents. These pieces really strike a good balance for me. They might be pictures of flowers and strawberries, but they are also manly enough that they could be used to render someone unconscious, without a great fear of damaging them.
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