One of my favorite characters when I was quite small was that of Madame Mim, the purple-haired witch that appeared in animated retelling of “The Sword and the Stone.” I adored her cottage and the wizard battle she had with Merlin, and I thought of her in that scenes as I created this piece (though, perhaps, with a slightly more beneficent witch in mind). I loved the idea of making the sparkling starlight float up and out the chimney because there’s something magical simmering inside. I’d like to think of that something as good enchantment, or love, or kindness, floating up and borne away by the wind to spread happiness everywhere.

“Starlight” is available as a print, art block, and tree ornament