There is a good chance you've admired Lorie Laplant's art, even if you didn't know it.
The Sun Lakes artist, who has operated the popular DC Steakhouse in Downtown Chandler with her husband, Dino, since 2010, has painted more than 500 murals across the Valley as Laplant Design.
They are in homes, restaurants (like the original DC spot on San Marcos Place), and doctor's offices. There are a number in various Tooth Doctor offices for pediatric dentistry, with whimsical, "Under the Sea" motifs.
Or check out the Barro's Pizza restaurant at Alma School and Germann.
"We moved to Arizona from Wisconsin in 1996," she said. "I started with children's murals and then it spread to commercial spaces."
About five years ago, she and Dino moved to a home in Sun Lakes that had a guest casita. Now she had a studio and moved away from murals!
She started a hand-painted boutique-bag business. She began her Tempting Totes line by painting colorful designs on canvas bags.
"It's a pleasure for me," she said. "I don't want stress."
Her mural customers became tote customers.
Sibley's West recently began showcasing her work in the Downtown Chandler store.
Lorie produces open totes, zippered totes, wine totes, cross-body bags, phone bags, and "mini" bags for masks, gloves, or makeup. She also decorates aprons.
They have desert themes and colors.
"I have a friend who is crazy about cactus," Lorie said. "I made her a tote bag, then a few more."
She also sells them on Facebook.
Her desert designs are eye-catching. They are freeform, not accurate depictions of cacti and landscapes.
"This is more fun," she said. "People are drawn to the colors."
She suggests hand-washing each bag in a sink with soapy water and then laying it flat to dry.
The art is sealed to preserve it through use.
"Each bag is an original," she said. "No two are the same."
Lorie Laplant will hold a trunk show of her Tempting Totes from noon to 2 pm Sunday, March 21, at Sibley's West, 72 S. San Marcos Place in Downtown Chandler.