Created in Photoshop CS4 using many layers, textures, painting, shadowing and magic tricks here and there…This image among several others was made for an upcoming show “Dia De Los Muertos” on Nov. 1st 2012 at the Living Arts Center in Tulsa Oklahoma…I hope you enjoy :)

The altar includes four main elements of nature — earth, wind, water, and fire.

Earth is represented by crop: The Mexicans believe the souls are fed by the aroma of food.

Wind is represented by a moving object: Tissue paper is commonly used to represent wind. But I used the crow as it also is a go-between the living and dead in many cultures.

Water is placed in a container for the soul to quench its thirst after the long journey to the altar.

Fire is represented by a wax candle: Each lit candle represents a soul, and an extra one is placed for the forgotten soul.


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Elizabeth Burton has always had a passion for art. By profession, Elizabeth is a master jeweler with a degree from OSU Okmulgee and has been employed at Massoud’s Fine Jewelry of Tulsa for 20 years. Her other passions include, but are not limited to, photography and digital art. Her most valued treasures in life are family, friends and the ability to create art. “Without those gems, who would we be?”

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