From the Artist, Christina Ireland of Ogema, WI
I've been artistic since before I can remember and art has led me down unique and exciting paths in my short time on Earth. I learned the basics of art from my mom, my brother Mike, Auntie Lou, and Uncle Munny.
I grew up with a lot of time in Wisconsin forests and the design of leaves, vines, and ferns really hailed to that time of youth and innocence in my life. My vision on the lid (the yellow ribbon and blue) came as an afterthought. I wanted the casket to be bright and colorful, which is where the sunset design in the background came from, but I pondered the lid for a long time because I didn't want the casket to be too feminine considering the colors in the sunset. When I came up with the ribbon, I was looking through the portfolios of my favorite tattoo artists and felt that a tie into the more cartoonish/vintage style really represented me.