We are so influenced by our physical surroundings that, as artists, what we see on a regular basis informs our sensibilities on a deep level. My father recently gave me a gift which I now think of daily. He sent me photos of several of the homes in which I grew up. I was amazed at the accuracy of my memory- I remembered very well the house from my toddler years, as well as the one from just prior to kindergarten. We moved from that house when I was 5 years old, yet I remember it perfectly.
These 2 pieces of stained glass were designed and made by my husband, Scott. They hung in our children’s bedrooms for many years, and now are in our studio window.
Just as striking was the emotional tie to each place, and the flood of visual memories.
I think these wooden plaques with Toulouse Lautrec posters were a grocery store promotion when I was about 7 years old. My mom purchased them one at a time, and I recall my father hanging them vertically, as I did in my living room.
Another piece of that visual puzzle of influence comes from the images and art we see day in and day out. In this post, I’d like to share with you some of the pieces that live in my house and studio. Some are quite old and have occupied my interest for most of my life. Others are more recently acquired. All have stories and memories attached.
This beautiful photo was taken by my friend, Kimberly Chiaris. We went to art school together, along with our husbands. We’ve remained friends, and our kids are friends. This is a photo of her girls, from about 13 years ago or so.
The only crucifixion art we have hanging, this was made by my 4-year-old son, Lee, over 20 years ago. This is a wall in our studio, which is covered with imagery that inspires me.
- These are images Scott has collected for inspiration on another of our studio walls.
- A newer acquisition, this painting by Colorado artist Diane Pike hangs in our dining room. There are so many more pieces I’d like to show you that I think I’ll have to do another post about this in the future. Have a great week!