The Saguaro cactus of the desert southwest are truly majestic giants. They can reach over 70 feet tall and often live to be 150 years. At her home in Tucson, Catrina, and her husband Derrick are surrounded by these enormous cactus. Occasionally they lose an arm or die of old age. Looking for a way to preserve their beauty, Catrina discovered that even after

they die, the saguaro provide beauty and intrigue.

Saguaro boots, ribs, and roots are left long after the cactus has died. The boots are created when a bird pokes a hole in the flesh to build a nest in the cactus. To protect itself, the saguaro creates a 'scab' around the intrusion. It can take some time for the boot to form, the bird that first pecks the hole, may not be the one that uses it for a nest. Considering the lifespan of the saguaro, the boots are probably used by many of our local desert


Each original Desert Art creation begins with a piece of saguaro collected from Catrina and Derrick’s own land. Then they are carefully cleaned and preserved to maintain their beauty. Some pieces are so beautiful they need nothing other than a stand to display them, while others receive embellishment. Given the long history of copper mining in the Southwest, Catrina often uses copper to enhance the beauty of the saguaro pieces.

Saguaro Cactus grow in a very small area of the Southwest, not everyone has the luxury of living in their shadows. But with an original piece of Desert Art by Catrina Briscoe, anyone can enjoy the beauty and intrigue of the Giant Saguaro Cactus.

Not all pieces pictured below are still available. Check the the Available Work page for currently available pieces.

Email Catrina for a additional images or more information about any piece.

Reflected Boot


Currently appearing in the

Shemer Art Center

Arizona: From the Outside exhibition


Whale of a Good Time

D's Purple Tree


On the Straight and Narrow



Dragonfly Dreams

The Boot Bouquet

Tree of Teeth

Copper Splits


The Winged Tree


Prairie Tree




Gemelos (Twins)


The Peacock

Open Mouth

Carnivorous Flower

The Saguaro...

With straight arms and numerous boots this saguaro is home to many

The developing fruits of this saguaro make a comfortable place to stop and preen

This saguaro is a mass of twisted arms



The Jagged One

The ripened fruit of the saguaro provide food for the local bird population

One of the first saguaro blooms of the season

The tips of the saguaro broke off long ago, now it make a great perch



Wind Swept


The Horn



Red Rover



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