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Do you feel disconnected from the natural world? Do you wish that you could slow down? Are you yearning for color and a joyful connection to the magic and beauty of plants, flowers and nature?

"So beautiful in person it took my breath away. Absolutely stunning art from an incredible artist and very special person." --L.W

Hi, I'm Anne Butera

My creative journey was sparked by an overactive imagination and a natural curiosity. Before I ever dreamed of being an artist I started a blog, calling it "My Giant Strawberry" as a nod to my kindergarten self who got in trouble in school for telling stories of the enormous strawberry in her backyard.

I was a gardener first, and so as I taught myself to paint, my garden was my classroom and paper and paint were my teachers. For me the inspiration to paint is a whisper of magic. As I study my subject I listen to its whispers and I return to enchanted childhood memories of playing in the dirt and climbing trees and making and dreaming. Maybe you just like flowers, or maybe, when you look at my art you hear the whispers, too.

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Four times a year (with a few extras thrown in) I'll send you a note in your email. Call it a newsletter, or better yet, call it a JOY Letter. They are an antidote to the ugliness and hate in the news. My intention is to inspire you to choose gratitude and joy, to embrace creative living in your own, beautiful way, to help me prove that life and our world is a magical place.

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