Greeting Cards are created by Lancaster, PA artist Melissa Carroll.
The artist begins with her original fine art photograph of a gem,
rock or mineral from the extensive collection of her late father,
John M. Ward. The artist uses each mineral's natural cubic, conical,
pyramidal or hexagonal geometry as the basic shape and inspiration
for each image. By manipulating the mineral's colors, textures
and natural shapes, the artist uses these shapes as a guideand
"stitches" portions of detail from the photograph to
create the repeated, quilt-inspired design and the final art for
this QuiltGem Card.
father possessed a lifelong passion for nature, geology and photography.
His vast rock and mineral collection is as diverse as it is beautiful.
He had a wish: to photograph these beautiful mineralstheir
colors, textures and shapesto show their natural beauty
in an original way. Unfortunately, his untimely passing meant
that his dream of producing original images would go unfinished.
Our shared love of photography and the beauty in nature has called
me to photograph his collection and design these cards in his
you for purchasing this QuiltGem Greeting Card. It is a dream