This Magpie is a combination of jet, lapis and white agate.
Magpies are familiar and entertaining birds of western North America. They sit on fence posts and road signs or flap across range lands, their white wing patches flashing and their very long tails trailing behind them. This large, flashy relative of jays and crows is a social creature, gathering in numbers to feed at carrion. They’re also vocal birds and keep up a regular stream of raucous or querulous calls.
Jaci Fischer, originally of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was exposed to art from very early on--watching her father, Fred G. Fischer, who was an artist and art teacher. He painted, carved wood and leather, made jewelry, pottery and drew portraits. He also built a house, garages and a very large rocking horse for his daughter. All that certainly helped direct her future as an artist. She received her BFA at the University of Northern Colorado and went on to earn her MFA in drawing and design at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduate school she was juried into the First and Second Colorado Biennial Art Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.
In addition to her plein aire and portraits, Jaci has recently launched a large series of contemporary silver and mixed stone jewelry. The styles are hand constructed silver of animal images.