Earlier this winter, a friend suggested I take a botanical drawing class held at the Smith College Green House. I had visited the greenhouse multiple times as a Smith undergrad (2002 - 2006), but somehow, over the decade, had forgotten this sanctuary existed.
These paintings depict a color palette that celebrates the bright and balmy reprieve of this sacred place. Winter’s dull palette is caught ablaze here. The paint strokes are immediate and bold, mirroring the great feeling of relief I had upon discovering the light within the very center of the darkness.
The Green House at Smith College has become a space of refuge for me this winter. It gave me back what I hadn't noticed I was depriving myself of. That is the physical embodiment of a garden that is tended with patience and wisdom. Everything outside looks bleak and yet, behind closed doors, the beautiful manifestation of what it is to sit with the self and patiently grow what needs to be lovingly and carefully tended.
Go on a journey to find color in Northampton, MA. These difficult times require deep drinks of goodness and life.
Original paintings and fine art prints are now available for purchase. I'll be adding more as the days of winter give to spring to chronicle the change and growth of this lovely place. Hope you check in to see what else is coming to life in my little studio.