Monday, January 2, 2012

Driven to Paint....

Over the Christmas holidays, I had a job to  woodgrain two metal doors for a client. The clients are a husband/wife team of doctors and I would be working in the medical complex while they were closed.
I knew I would enjoy this job because the mother of the wife was a very prolific painter and her work is featured throughout the halls and waiting rooms of the complex.

Living in exile in Yugoslavia and being sent to prison did not deter her from painting

Painting from her soul, she used canvas, sometimes in the form of scraps  glued together... wood...any flat surface she could find.

You can see the urgency in her brushstrokes, the energy, the drive to paint.

The daughter, (wife) besides being an oncologist; is also an accomplished artist favoring sculpting. These pieces are in the waiting room of the medical complex.

Almost 800 paintings tell the life story of the mother.....the villages they lived in, the dreams for better.

I somehow managed to woodgrain the two doors, often taking inspirational breaks to look at the many paintings lining the hallway walls. I considered it an honor to have even been asked to do the job, knowing the depth of artistic background the couple have.
What drives you to make the world better for 2012? We can all make it better through art!


MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Goosebumps ran down my arms when I saw the painting where pieces of canvas had been glued together!

Her heart feeling beauty during those times and the passion to paint at all costs....remarkable woman.

The sculpture shows that heart and soul was passed on to her daughter.

Thought provoking post...thank you.

Janie said...

Wow she does nice work...and I love your doors...good job..

Ann said...

It's so inspiring to see the beautiful results of someone so passionate.

And nice door, Theresa!

Karena said...

Theresa this is such an amazing story. The Mother's paintings, that seascape pieced together. and The daughters sculptures!

It is very humbling! Happy New Years to you and yours!

Art by Karena

Susan Gallacher-Turner said...

An amazing story of one woman's passion to paint...and what paintings! Your wood grain door is lovely!

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Just found yo via la Dolfina. Art is the answer to a lot, I could not live without artwork around me, or without a way to express myself creatively. It must have been wonderful to work among these paintings, some of them look great - and you managed to get the job don!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Hi, Theresa - The image of your door looks like you might have gone out and cut down a Redwood, very rich indeed. And the mother's art is really strong. The last painting of the young man at the river looks like a cross between Van Gogh and Eakins. That's my favorite.

For 2012, I am beautifying my neighborhood by painting the outside of my house. It's long overdue!

Regina at Fauxology said...

Beautiful door, Theresa! Bet they were thrilled! I'm so glad they chose you -- not only for your artistry but also because you, with a full heart, understood the sacrifice it took to honor the passion.

Thank you for sharing this with us -- it's truly a special post.

jeff huckaby said...

Great and inspiring post!

La Petite Gallery said...

This is such an interesting Couple. A great story. You did a gbang up job on the metal doors.
Theresa, May your year be full
of happiness.
Hope you come to visit my blog this year.

MelissaQ said...

WOW!! This was an awesome post. The love just pours through it. I found your blog on a texasblogals site. Cant remember the exact address. Anyway. Glad I found you, you have an awesome blog. Great job & Go Texas... ;O)

E. Lee said...

Great post Theresa! I love your blog!

kathi said...

Hi Theresa
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog, I read your's often.
Great job painting the doors, I know it's not easy to do, the faux woodgrain.

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