Stratoz and I were at the Bucks Guild ArtsFest ’15 and we both were taken by Lisa M. Nelson‘s miniature oil painting of a fine corvid. I was drawn to the orange and blue-black colors, and Stratoz has a thing for birds, so we took it home. It was great to finally meet Lisa, since we had known each other’s work through Team Hip on Etsy(Handmade in PA), and I had often put her brilliantly colored paintings in Treasuries of Etsy items. She is a daily painter with a love of animals, and welcomes lovers of shiny, pretty things. It made sense to her that I responded to the shine and texture of her painting, since my mosaics have the same elements. I do think I was a magpie in a former life.