There are plenty of reasons why I enjoy making, sending and receiving mail art. One is the way that some of my mail art pieces become studies for larger works. When I saw the call for art for iris-themed mail art, I was inspired. I immediately knew what I wanted to create. My favorite irises are the ones that bloom along the California Coast — the Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana). They appear in spring fields mixed with California poppies. The splashes or bright orange poppies and purple irises in a lush green meadow are wonderful. This was an obvious choice for one my collagescapes, yet somehow I still had not explored this theme. This piece is off to Russia — eventually there will be a much bigger piece based on this theme.