About Nori's references...
"...Butcher Boy,” “Oaxaca Marketplace,” “Oh No! Where’d He Go,” and “The Mask Carver” were all painted from photographs I took when I was on a Fullbright-Hayes Scholarship to Mexico. “Butcher Boy” depicts an impish little guy watching his mother’s butcher shop while she is away buying sausages. “Oaxaca Marketplace” shows the connection between two old friends as they set up their stalls in the early morning hours in Oaxaca’s central market. The mother holding delicious street corn in “Oh, No! Where’d He Go” has just lost track of her little boy, who scampered off to find his own treats. “The Mask Carver” creates beautiful carved artworks from his sparse workshop in the back streets of Taxco.
“Cooling Off in Oak Creek,” “Crawdad Hunters,” “Floating Fossil Creek,” and “Jamie in Fossil Creek” all show the beauty and preciousness of water in the desert. “Floating Fossil Creek” is reminiscent of one of my happiest memories when my daughter and I floated and hiked up the tourmaline green waters of Fossil Creek—a startling oasis in the middle of an arid wilderness.
“Longhorns on Main Street,” “Here Comes the Parade,” “Rider on the Storm,” and “Star Spangled Ponies” were all painted from source photos I took at a Fourth of July parade in Dewey, Oklahoma. “Longhorns on Main Street” shows a cowboy holding back longhorns for the parade’s grand finale, when the huge creatures stampede (or lumber) down Main Street, much to the crowd’s delight. The little girls in “Star Spangled Ponies” ride their ponies so proudly in the parade, even though their boots don’t reach the stirrups, and the little dog in “Here Comes the Parade” thought he was the star of the show.
Sedona celebrates Cinco de Mayo every year with a day of festivities that include folk dancers, mariachi musicians and flamenco dancers. “Adelita” is a nickname given to women soldiers who fought alongside men in battle during Mexico’s Revolutionary War. “Dance of the Adelitas” showing a folkloric dancer with a bandolier over her shoulder in a dance that celebrates those brave women. “Waiting to Dance” shows a shy little dancer backstage before her performance, and “Little Dancer” shows her swirling steps as she dances. “Mariachi Singer” is performing a passionate song of love and loss, while “La Flamenca” shouts “Ole!” at the end of her performance. In “Ribbon Dance” the performer takes a bow. “Little Red” is waiting to join her friends in the wild, stomping Mexican Hat Dance."
From Cherry Art Products
Nori Thorne is an extremely accomplished and respected pastelist active in numerous art groups across the United States, Cherry Art Products is honored to feature her work from September throughout November as out Autumn Showcase Artist.