Its only human nature to want stability, harmony in your life, and a personal connection with others. We all want to love, and to be loved. We want to work in a field that we are passionate about because, then, it doesn’t’ really feel like work, right? We also want to stand firmly on our own two feet. These things for me are the elements of living a successful life.
The body of work "Elements of Design" that I have revealed this spring was partially inspired by the beautiful stain glass windows in my church as well as some other churches that I visited in Downtown Greenville last fall. These wonderful works of art that adorn such sacred spaces brought a sense of peace every time I looked at them. The rest of my inspiration simply came from life’s day to day journey and incorporating the core elements of design.
The work that I am presenting on canvas represents harmony, congruence, symmetry, and flow. Delightful shades of one color with slightly different tones and shades of another is pleasing to the eyes and can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth, or tranquility. Some of these pieces can even convey an image of playful youthfulness.
The work that I am presenting on paper represents the unexpected, the unplanned, and as in life, we have to take what is unexpected, what is unplanned, and make it work. We have to read between the lines. Sometimes, we need to take a hiatus, but in the end, we have to tie up loose ends (whether we like it or not), bring it full circle, and strive for the end goal… which is balance.
"The Pink Life" color palette was inspired by my daughter, not just because she is a girl and loves the color pink, but because she is the first girl to be born into the Farrar Family in over 92 years. Yep...92 years... and she most definitely broke the mold. She is a bit of a girly girl with her love of princesses, unicorns, and rainbows, but she is also creative, smart, strong willed, and curious. So, her love of the color pink stands out to me in more ways than one.
This day and age, the color pink no longer represents sugar and spice and everything nice. Pink now equals strength, power, courage, and independence. Being one of four children myself AND the only girl, learning early on to be strong and independent were necessary. Being the only girl didn't really matter in our house. We were treated equally. My brothers were protective but they were also straight forward and didn't put up with any of my "bull." Most of all, they and my parents encouraged me to work hard and never back down from reaching my goals.
I loved creating this piece of art, and all that it represents! I am most excited that it is now being featured in The July 2018 issue of House & Garden Magazine. When they reached out to me back in April, they told me that they loved my latest collection and that "The Pink Life" was one piece that truly stood out to them, so it was a "no brainer" when they asked me to decide which piece of art I wanted to send to print. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a beautiful and inspiring publication!