I'm Anne Butera, the artist behind My Giant Strawberry

As I child I listened to the whispers of nature's magic, but when I grew up I forgot my imagination for a time...

and something was missing.


What about you?

When you were a child did you have a secret place in the garden -- a tree to climb or a tunnel beneath the hedges? Do you have that same connection with trees and flowers and tiny crawling creatures as you did then?

Maybe you do. Or maybe you yearn for it. A magical time where a rose unfurling was a fantastical sight and the language of the birds wasn't simply chirps and trills, but words that you might one day learn.

Magic. Each green and growing thing. Each flower. Each creature that crawls or flies or hovers. Have you lost that magic or does it still live in your heart? Do you feel it when you walk through a garden or a forest? Do you feel it when you dig in the dirt?

It's been a bit of a struggle at times, but I started listening to the magic again. Now when I begin working on a painting, as I become inspired by a subject -- a flower, a plant, a bit found in nature -- the inspiration to paint is a whisper of magic. As I study my subject I listen to its whispers and I return to my enchanted childhood spent playing in the dirt and climbing trees and making and dreaming.

It's not about the paint, though the paint itself does bring me joy. It's not about the image that appears on the empty page, though that, too, is magical. It's about that connection with nature and its beauty and magic.

Maybe you just like flowers, or maybe, when you look at my art you hear the whispers, too.

Regaining my creativity didn't quite work out as I had planned. In truth, on my first attempt at leaping for my dreams I fell flat on my face (read more of my story here). That experience, though painful, has put me on what I call a mission of beauty and joy.

You, too, are creative. You, too, are surrounded by beauty, living in a world filled with joy. Claim that joy. Pay attention. Focus on creating a beautiful home filled with things that nourish your soul.

My art is a reminder to pay attention to the little things. It's a reminder to listen to whispers of magic coming from nature and the garden, to reconnect to the part of you that believes in giant strawberries.


Purchase my art:


My art is available for purchase on my website. Follow the navigation on the top of the page or click here.

I also have a selection of prints, calendars (seasonally until they sell out) and small original paintings for sale in my Etsy shop.

My Summer Bliss fabric collection is available on Spoonflower.

Interested in licensing my images? I'd love to work with you! Contact me using the link above or click here.

Don't see just what you're looking for? Contact me and I'll help you find it or work with you to create a special piece just for you. For a thorough description of the commission process, take a look at this blog post.


Exhibitions:


In 2016 during the month of June, seven of my paintings were on display at the McIntosh Memorial Library in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

My painting, Three Heirloom Tomatoes, was displayed at the 2015 National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California in September of 2015.

Three of my paintings, Blue Delphiniums, Red Gem Marigolds and Black Eyed Susan were part of Contemporary Art Gallery Online's May 2015 Exhibition: All Botanicals. The exhibition can be viewed here.

My painting, Red Flower Carpet, was displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show in an exhibit organized by the Hudson Valley Seed Library in February & March of 2015. (To see some photos from the show, visit this post on the Habitat for Artists blog).

My Bachelor Buttons painting was included in the exhibit Art of the Heirloom at the 2014 National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa California. The exhibit was curated by the Hudson Valley Seed Library.


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Press, Interviews, Publications:


I was interviewed by Alisa Burke as part of her blog series The Art of Chasing a Dream. Read the interview here.

My blog and my art was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Artful Blogging Magazine in the article I wrote titled Finding Encouragement.

The 2x2 Sketchbook project, a collaboration with artist Dana Barbieri, was featured in Issue 29 of Uppercase Magazine.

My crocheted rose pattern was used to create a flower to adorn a Downton Abbey Style cloche designed by Wendy of The Hooked Haberdasher. It can be found here.

Laurie of Hedgerow Rose interviewed me on her website. Read the full interview here.

My painting, Purple Oxalis in a Mint Bowl, was featured on the UK Etsy Blog.

My daffodil crocheted necklace was featured in Simply Crochet Magazine, Issue 16.


Crochet:


I started my creative journey with sewing and crochet. You can see a selection of my creations here and purchase my crochet patterns and a few items handmade items in my original Etsy shop. Interested in a custom piece? Contact me and we can work together to create just what you're looking for.


Applause:


"This [artist] is such a joy. [Anne] is one of the best artists and people I have encountered. Generous and talented, she always goes above and beyond and is an inspiration. She puts so much time into making sure her customers are completely satisfied and cares so much about the experience they have. Her art is as fantastic as she is!" -- L.W.

"Anne was so great to work with. She worked with me to suit my needs, and was efficient and even followed up with me to make sure everything was exactly what I needed... And her artwork is beautiful!" -- A.H.

"Love her work. To me, her style is playful and whimsical (cliche, I know), yet serious as an illustration in a field guide. Love that contrast. Her listing pictures really captured the work, and represented it accurately. The package came quickly, and was packed with extra care and attention." --G.L.

"I have ordered from Anne several times and I've never been disappointed. Her products are just lovely and her packaging is very thoughtfully put together. Her turnaround time is speedy." --K.R.

"Precious! Beautiful color! Arrived quickly & well packaged." --K.L.

"Thank you for the care you obviously give to your craft." --C.S.

"To accompany the amazing print set of nasturtium that I just ordered, this botanical is a beautiful specimen so accurately depicting the various parts of the nasturtium plant in a clean, modern way. I also loved the care that the artist took in wrapping and packaging this print and the print set, the presentation was fantastic. It is all beautiful art!" --S.S.

"Even prettier in person. Thanks for the quick delivery and great packaging." --D.B.

"Love this beautiful, delicate small painting. Super fast shipping too!" -- S.H.

"It was fantastic, shipped with care and thought. Would totally recommend Anne's work to everybody." --G.M

"My second calendar from Anne! They are beautifully done and great quality." --L.T.

"Anne was kind, responsive, and a pleasure to work with. Her art is truly stunning." --E.B                                        

"Anne was wonderful to work with, stayed on pace, kept me informed every step of the way in the design/construction process, and delivered a beautiful product. Item was thoughtfully gift-wrapped and a follow-up message was sent to me to ensure reception of the package. " --N.D.

"Beautiful design and excellent craftsmanship. Arrived very quickly." --R.H.