I am kinda an obsessive person. I get stuck on things, doing them for a while before kicking them to the curb. Like while I was in college, I would eat chicken and veggie Quesadilla every night for a few months straight. Now I can't remember the last time I made one. Pinterest is kinda like that for me. I'll check it regularly for a few days and then not use it for weeks. Unlike the Quesadilla, I seem to find my way back to the site. Recently while searching Pinterest I found some great quotes by famous and unknown artists. I liked thinking about them next to my work. Sometimes words aren't the only way to know what it says….
Kids at play have been a theme in my work for a few years now, especially showing up in the 1950s series. While reading and talking to others about the 50s I am always confronted with a nostalgic innocence surrounding childhood. Was the world more peaceful 60 years ago? What changed so drastically that caused a generation to look back and covet "the good ole days?" I think these questions have many answers and are quite complex, however I believe there was a simplicity, spirit of life and adventure, and optimism in the 50s that I find beautiful and try to emulate in my work.
Ornaments have always had a significant value to me. Seeing them, renews past memories: stringing cranberries and popcorn for the tree with family, finding special places in the tree for favorite ornaments, listening to Christmas music while decorating, being together with family and friends, traditions.
I especially love is vintage ornaments. My favorites are the slightly worn, faded colors, interesting shapes, and quirky wooden figures. I like the idea that some were around before me - passed down through the family and brought out each year at a wonderful celebratory time.
This series took about a month. I enjoyed setting up each ornament in a different composition. Individually they are charming and together share a story.
My series will be displayed at Rehfeld's Gallery in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, starting Nov. 29, 2013. These charming 5x5 oil on canvas are only $108.00 each. (plus tax) In addition, I have each work available on 4.25x5.5 greeting cards. Each card is $4.00 or 3 for $10.00. Boxes of 6 are also available for $20. Inside cards read: Peace on Earth (customized greeting available). Please allow 9 days for production and shipping. (shipping and tax will be added - discounts apply for large card orders)