When I think of ‘What Home Means to Me’, I think of my grandmother’s house. Her place was home to anyone and everyone who entered her door. A hot meal, a bed if needed, her undivided attention…she had a gift of making everyone feel welcome with her Southern hospitality and warm hugs. One of our favorite pastimes was chatting on her back porch over a cup of coffee as we watched the hummingbirds each spring. It was almost a competition between my Aunt and Grandmother as to how many hummingbirds they could each coax to their separate birdfeeders. Memaw ALWAYS won! Her compassion and warmth created a space, a place, a home that coaxed us all in. And for this life gift I am not alone in my gratitude…for when we were at Memaw’s (which was often), we were home.
When I think about what home means to me, first comes thoughts of comfort and belonging. Next as an artist, images fill my head---outstretched arms, a welcoming embrace. I see homemade quilts, warming hearts, and rocking chairs inviting someone to sit and stay a while. I hear soft lullabies at nap time and smell the coffee brewing as family gathers to share a conversation at the kitchen table. The well known quote, "A house is made with wood and beams, a home is built with love and dreams," comes to mind. My piece 'Welcome Home' is inspired by these favorite things. Its base is linen canvas on wooden stretcher strips. On brilliant gold gesso I painted a portrait of my Great Grandmother's rocking chair, lovingly passed down and cherished through generations. I used plaster and hand stitching to surround it with fabrics and hand painted and stamped papers to give it the charm and comforting feeling of being 'home-made.' Of course there's an old key attached and bird perched on the chair to remind us that we are always welcome……home.
If you have ever traveled or, for a time, lived away from the things most familiar to you, you’ve experienced the relief of returning to your home, your bed, your comfort zone. This oil on linen board painting represents a nostalgia for the towns and homes where we grew up or visited our family. Places that feel normal and mundane in the present, take on the heart swelling pride of familiarity with time and distance. Little pink houses. Home.
For this piece I started with a salvaged window purchased from the Habitat Restore. This abstract landscape pour evokes the feeling of contentment and serenity that results while gazing out a window in one’s home. The Primary medium used in my "Poured Art" is water based, clear and dries with a high gloss. I mix the pouring medium with small quantities of pigment to give it the desired color. Since the medium is the consistency of honey, I worked "flat", usually on ridged material. The colored medium can be applied as a solid color or "swirled". If swirled, it will not mix with the adjacent color but produced a beautiful marbling effect. One of my favorite techniques is to create transparent or translucent pours on glass or acrylic that allow light to come through the pour. I have taped a piece of translucent acetate onto the of this transparent piece for display purposes. The acetate may be left in place or removed depending on the in which it is displayed.
"Undertaking" is about creating the sense of home. Home is the emotion that can be achieved anywhere that we make the effort to create the feeling of home. The old saying, "Home is where the heart is" is absolutely true! This is an original print created by layering photographs that I have taken in North Carolina, The Woodlands and Santa Fe, NM. I use transparency and saturation to make the images "pop", and then move the elements around to create the composition. There are no other copies of this print.
This piece is an acrylic painting depicting several home objects assembled around a candle. The light represents the warm, pleasant and always embracing quality of home. The gathered objects are neither elaborate nor expensive. They are valued for what they represent and for the light they reflect to one another when together, for the specific and unique quality that creates an indivisible bond between them. These individual items have been put side by side to create a harmonic symphony of color and light. That is family. That is Home.
This oil on copper painting was inspired by the theme of “What Home Means to Me”. After extensive experience living in five countries and traveling abroad in many regions, I remain fascinated with the diversity of cultures I have personally experienced and have been influenced by. It is so true that having a warm and inviting home is a universal desire. In “Vase on Copper”, I used oil colors and etching on patinated copper sheeting to create an image that features the subtle luster and richness of the metal throughout the image. Although much rarer today, painting on copper was a technique used hundreds of years ago by the Dutch Masters. My aim in this piece was to portray the special warmth one feels when enjoying the comfort of their home, which, no matter where in the world it may be and irrespective of culture, is indeed a refuge to us all.
The Art Project’s theme, “What does HOME mean to me?”, made me think of safety, security and freedom. This piece, with its almost levitating form, reminds me of all three of those things. The base represents the safety of a strong foundation, the bronze rod that attaches the sculpture to the base represents the security that comes from a stabilizing force, and the sculpture’s form represents independence and freedom. The original sculpture began as a piece of driftwood found in the Lake Conroe area. This limited edition bronze sculpture was cast from that original, hand-carved piece.
This piece is a reflection of the human condition, what it means to belong, the will to survive, and the desire for caring. The birds represent the freedom to soar high, to reach for anything we set our minds to do. They represent the strength of numbers and of family and all that family stands for. The tree represents protection and shelter. It represents home, a place for safety, comfort, peace, and the connectivity we have as humanity. Home is where the heart is; it is a place for love.
Definition of Brazzaz: Brassy with pizzaz or heart… I came across these wonderful brass knobs one day that had once been used in my family’s old country kitchen, a bit worn and tarnished after much loving use but with such character. Arranged in a captivating symmetrical order highlighting the lovely aged beauty of the brass, “Brazzaz” was created. The piece is a reminder of times well spent in our homes with gatherings of family and friends around food prepared in the kitchen and served on our dining tables …one of the wonderful aspects of what a home really is all about…..