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Laurel Burch

Laurel Burch - December 31, 1945 - September 13, 2007
By Beth Ashely - Artist Laurel Burch, a '60s flower child whose joyful creativity launched a merchandising empire, died Thursday morning at her home in Terra Linda. She was 61. She leaves behind a heritage of brightly colored images that are known worldwide - fanciful cats, horses, birds, blossoms and undersea creatures that have been reproduced in paintings, T-shirts, scarves, ceramics, fabrics, tote bags and cloisonne jewelry. Her work continues to be sold throughout the world. In recent months, Ms. Burch had been in declining health and rampant pain from the effects of a lifelong disease, osteopetrosis, which caused her bones to break at the slightest impact. Most had been broken multiple times. She once told the Independent Journal that when she was diagnosed - at age 7 - she reacted by creating a place inside herself that was "beautiful, safe, colorful and happy." There she invented the images that became her "bridges to people. I just wanted to pass on the joy of what I saw." "Her whole life was about creating beauty," said Aarin Burch, the artist's daughter. "To creating beauty - and to giving. I don't know anyone who ever met her who didn't walk away with something she gave them." Read more...
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