At the beginning of the summer of 2018, I started painting homes from Round Lake New York, in the plein air style. This small community has beautiful Victorian homes from a village that was designed around faith and ministry.
At first I thought I was drawn to these homes to show their beauty and Victorian architectural design. But then I realized it was about home. My father was terminally ill last summer, I helped take care of him during this time. To alleviate stress, I began to paint these historic homes. My parents still lived in my childhood home and I think subconsciously, I was painting my feelings about that home. I was investing feelings about what a home can hold, and how that related to my faith. Often times a home holds our family, and our most private moments. The chronological component of time in a home becomes obscured by the memories associated with the home.
Some homes that I painted, appear cheerful and inviting, others are dark without any brightness. Color, composition and urgency of brush stroke illustrate internal struggles that I experience with home. My hope is that the viewer brings with them, to these paintings, their association with home. I think when home is examined it has to be interpreted through the lens of ones own history. One sees in a home the reflection of self and the community that formulates these experiences.
Raised in the 1960’s by a genius scientist and a stay at home Mom, my suburban life was anything but normal. I watched a lot of TV to clue me into what is “normal.” I yearned to be a member of the Brady Bunch. I spent summer weekends camping at state campsites in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Camping has a strong hold on me. I primarily paint vintage objects used in my childhood as a way to reconnect with my youth. In a sense, I enjoy reliving it in an idealistic way, pushing colors and textures. I also explore fleeting memories by painting landscapes and familiar upstate New York compositions. Currently, I teach art at my alma mater high school in Saratoga County, New York. I spend summers painting from my log cabin in the Adirondacks.
Have you ever stood on a balcony, looking down and noticed the doll-like quality of the world below? When you gaze out a window, do you wonder what lies just around the bend? I have always been fascinated by meandering roads, maps and bird’s-eye views. I love snow and rain and puddles. I love neighborhoods, little houses, backyards, and secret places. I find magic in the world I inhabit.
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