Mrs. Bourque normally uses watercolor and acrylic, and currently has showing three originals from her children’s book of the Ocean, also available at The Muse. Her range though, extends to desert scenes, and pretty much everything you can find between desert and sea. More recently, she has been experimenting with material combinations, adding extra pieces of specially made plastic or clay forms to simulate nature’s best 3-dimensionality. These new pieces emulate the movement and growth of the ocean and land plants. “I carefully carve and sculpt 3-dimensional pieces to express the opening of a flower or the flow of a sea fan. Using an airbrush to paint, I can capture those soft and subtle lights that happen underwater. I also call it my ‘coming out of the box’ phase.” Painting murals, as you can see if you are in Cottonwood and view the newly painted wall at the Verde Lea, or on Saba where she voyages frequently, is her equally favorite art form. “The team effort it takes to produce a 100’ mural like the one at the Fort Bay, is like a dance of a school of fish, we work together, next to each other, to create a wonderland of color and form.” Come visit The Muse in November, with artist appearance on Second Saturday Art & Cultural Walk, November 9th, 4-7pm, and experience Mrs. Bourque’s underwater world in paintings, her book, and a selection of 3-dimensional pieces.