OMG I had no idea but Laurel Burch had a really sad life. She had a rare bone disease, that caused her to break bones constantly. She left her broken home at 14 with only a paper bag full of clothes. She was a broke single mom, and started out pounding out earring on the back of a frying pan and then taught her self to paint. (Her wiki)
When I was younger I thought of her stuff as cheesy housewife art, but now I think it is sorta awesome. It is very much in line with this 90s/tropical/multicultural vibe I've got going on right now.