Box Turtle Mandala Fine Art Print – Heart of a Turtle


Box turtle mandala fine art, titled The Heart of a Turtle, is printed on 12″ by 12″ acid-free, cotton rag paper using pigment inks. Created using a photo of Rocky, the resident eastern box turtle at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center near McHenry, Maryland.

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Box turtle mandala fine art print on acid-free cotton fiber paper using pigment inks. Print is 12" by 12" with 1" white border, exactly as shown. Prints are wrapped in tissue or packaged in a plastic sleeve, sandwiched between sheets of cardboard or backer board, and shipped flat in a stiffened bubble mailer. Free shipping is included. Tracking and insurance are included.

About the Paper. I print on Red River Paper’s Aurora Art Natural 250, an acid-free, 100% cotton paper made in the U.S. This paper has a distinctive elegance and warmth, with a natural white tone and semi-smooth surface. Aurora Art Natural 250 contains no optical brighteners.

About the Inks. I use pigment inks, which resist fading. If you frame your print using UV acylic or glass and hang it away from bright light, the chances of it fading before fifty years have elapsed is very low. Your print will stay vibrant throughout your lifetime and beyond.

About the artwork.This digital collage, titled Heart of a Turtle, was created from this photo of Rocky, the resident box turtle at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center in western Maryland. The heart on Rocky’s shell in this artwork appeared on its own as I was creating the base mandala. It’s enhanced with a touch of red to emphasize Rocky’s big-hearted demeanor.

Rocky was hit by a lawn mower earlier in life and lost a foot. He stayed in captivity for so long after the injury that he’s not releasable and serves as an ambassador. In the wild, box turtles can live up to a hundred years, feeding on berries, roots, flowers, insects, eggs, amphibians, and the occasional garden vegetable (they’re well-known for taking single big bites out of perfectly ripe tomatoes!) When threatened, box turtles retract their limbs and clamp their shells shut, an effective defense against predators that contributes to their long life spans.

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Dimensions12 × 12 × 0.5 in


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Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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