Credit: Marilu Norden
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Spirit of the Horno Ovens, painting in oil on canvas by Marilu Norden, 90, of Phoenix, Ariz.
About the piece: "I find the pueblos, landscapes, spirituality and mysticism of the Southwest Native Americans in New Mexico and Arizona to be an endless source of inspiration and fascination. As a mature yet constantly evolving artist, I strive to create imagery which evokes the soul of the Southwest, hopefully intriguing and enchanting that of the viewer as well."
Words of wisdom: "At age four, in Columbus, Ohio, I attempted to render my first 'mural' with crayons on the floral wallpapered wall of my room, drawing a red schoolhouse against a blue sky, complete with kids in the school playground, an artistic endeavor not particularly appreciated by my parents at the time! I feel blessed to always have had a positive approach to life, and all that it offers, including the God-given ability to express myself through art!"