ABOUT MY WORK
My childhood home was in the rural area of Bridgeport near Frankfort, in Franklin County, Kentucky on a small family farm, where my parents raised six daughters, one son, horses, cows, pigs, ducks, honeybees, dogs, barn cats, tobacco, corn, and a huge vegetable garden in an attempt to escape sub-urban life and a desire for self-sufficiency during the post-cold war period of the 70’s.
I always had a love for agriculture, art and architecture (I never could get past the 'A's in our family’s' World Book Encyclopedias) and so I went on in college to study Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky. In my Architecture Drawing Studio classes I was introduced to the serenity and sublime ageless architecture at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, where we spent many studio classes sketching the simple forms of the board fences and wonderful craftsmanship of the Shaker buildings nestled seamlessly in the rural Kentucky landscape. Some of my early pencil sketches and watercolor studies developed from one particular sketch of a tree lined lane at the Shaker Village are included in this sale.
After college, I backpacked to Europe and ended up living abroad in England for two decades. After the 'life's too short post 9/11 shakeup', I brought my own acquired English family; husband, daughter, son, dog and cat back to settle in downtown Frankfort, to a historical home built in 1907 with what I claim to be “the best porch in Frankfort’ overlooking the Kentucky River right at the spot where Paul Sawyier once moored his houseboat. I often entertain my English visitors with trips to ‘Shakertown’ which never fails to delight and impress even those European friends with a keen appreciation of historical heritage.
Many of the drawings in this show celebrate the distinctive details of the architecture and landscapes of the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. My newer drawings are sketched in pen and ink and rendered with Windsor and Newton Watercolors. I always like working in pen and ink. My 20 year career in Landscape Architecture in England, working primarily as a draftsman, rapidiogragh pen and razor blade in hand doing plan, section, elevation, perspectives and detail drawings, led tomy desire to capture the unique Kentucky sense of place and the rich historic Shaker architectural quality in this technical yet hand-drawn style.
Other earlier work can now be viewed at Completely Kentucky, Broadway Clay, and Melanie's in downtown Frankfort