ASHA & KAI
Our two greyhounds.
They passed on January 20, 2020 & March 5, 2021.
Words cannot describe the depth of what we felt for them, still feel for them.
We wanted to do something very very special, something magical, memorable in their honor.
We were stunned and still cry by what was created by two Puerto Vallarta artists....
We asked Ma Elena if she could create a vase, and incorporate our greyhounds ashes in the clay while she was making it.
She said yes.
We viewed her work at a PV Marina gallery and fell in love with one of her vases.
The style of vase we chose was inspired by...
A tomb that was found in Las Palmas Mexico, not far from Puerto Vallarta.
And the balls with cotton hanging from the vase were put on the vase by Mae as winches, because winches were also found in Mexican tombs.
There are no coincidences - it was a perfect tribute.
The vase process...
Asha and Kai's ashes wrapped in a Japanese bag made by my mother and bound with a beautiful rope.
Mae was intuitively gentle and kind... she sent me videos of the unwrapping of the ashes and mixture into the clay.
STUNNING. The meaning of this design with our greyhounds' ashes is life.
This vase sits on our dining room table and the energy feels like this...
connects us to our angels Asha & Kay
brings ancestors past and future
Dear Mae, muchísimas gracias, we are forever grateful.
artist . jewelry | paintings
It's impossible to visit or live in Puerto Vallarta without knowing one of the most famous jewelry designers, Cassandra Shaw, and her gorgeous store on Basilio Badillo adorned with beautiful stone jewelry in Colonia Emiliano Zapata.
I was first introduced to her store when we vacationed in Puerto Vallarta in 2016.
Recently I noticed that she also paints - sometimes she paints animals.
Fast forward to June 2021 when we attended a R.I.S.E. charitable auction (for children), and one of the auction items was a Cassandra Shaw Pet Portrait.
I had been thinking about a pet portrait by Cassandra - it's not about realism, there's something about her paintings that are lively . fun . colorful.
I won her Pet Portrait, and this is the painting of our Asha and Kai that sits right next to me at my home office space. She based it off a photo of them by David Sutton photography in Chicago.
This painting makes me...
Asha and Kai remind me to have fun,
To not take things so seriously
This is EVERYTHING
Dear Cassandra, your light in creating this painting of my babies shines brightly and makes my every day a more magical place.
Forever grateful to have had Asha and Kai in my life, and to these artists for commemorating their lives.
Interested in a special piece of art by Mae or Cassandra? Here're their links.