About Rich Hours Art The Art of the Illuminated Letter by Dorothy Tyor Muson
I have been a painter for many years, specializing in both portraits and landscapes. A dozen years ago, on a trip to Italy, I became fascinated with medieval manuscripts and, in particular, the use of gold leaf in illustrations. Eager to try this technique, I began to make small initial letters, using my skills as a portraitist and landscape painter to combine a likeness of the subject with scenes of a special event or interest.
As the enthusiasm for this artwork has spread, I branched out beyond my local gallery representation and in June 2007 launched this new art venture -Rich Hours Art.
Each Illuminated Letter is a personalized artwork. The design is based on photographs of the recipient, information about their interests (pets?, hobbies?, vocation?), initial or monogram, memorable dates and other data to make the result truly unique. Genuine 23kt gold leaf and rich colors add to the luxurious look of the letter. As many are given as gifts, I frame each Illuminated Letter in an 8" x 10" wood/gold leaf frame so that it is complete and ready for display.
Please take a look at the Sample Illuminated Letters to get some ideas of how an Illuminated Letter from Rich Hours Art would make a perfect gift for a special person - or for yourself.