Monday, January 12
This past summer I was given the Valerie Lamb Smith Residency, awarded to alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where I went to art school. It was really a retreat: me alone in bucolic splendor on a large country estate bordered by horse farms. Of course, due to childcare and autism issues I had to break up my stay into 3 small chunks, and leap through a million hoops arranging childcare and playdates but it was eventually worth it. On my first afternoon, after I'd unpacked and walked the perimeters of the property, I plunked right down and painted this out the back door of the studio. I needed to unwind, and this undulating Horse Chestnut seemed attuned to my mood.