A blog about my thoughts and my love of artwork as it develops. It reflects some of the basic steps that I go through to achieve the artwork which is eventually presented to Spicher and Co, an innovative design firm that manufactures artwork for the trade. The why, what, how, and where are a few of the questions that I attempt to answer as I blog away! This is a tiny window into the life of a painter, and my hope is that my love for life shines through in the objects that I work to create.
Another painting going to Nantucket Country! This particular piece was inspired by the many sheep that called Nantucket their home back in the 1700-1800's. Because Nantucket was an island, there were virtually no natural predators making it a perfect place for shepherding sheep.
Nantucket was one of the largest whaling capitals in the world in the 1700's and early 1800's. Large number of settlers that came to the island brought sheep. By 1845 it was estimated that there were over 15,000 sheep grazing on the island. The sheep overgrazed trees and shrubs, allowing low-growing heathland and grassland plants to develop without competition for sunlight and nutrients.
Although this painting is "make believe," it represents a time in history that actually existed. The little bird in the left tree is what the painting is actually about. The lady in the picture is holding an empty birdcage. There is a small amount of script above the left tree that says, "My Pet Bird."
I like to decorate with antiques and work reproductions into my home decorating.