“HOME” DOESN’T HAVE TO SIGNIFY A SINGLE PLACE.
In fact, I have four of them. Roswell, where I grew up and learned the ways of the world. Athens, where I fumbled through the process of growing up and finding my identity. Charlottesville, where I discovered who I really am and what I believe in. And Portland, where my sense of self has only strengthened, deepened, and flourished. I have such visceral, life-altering memories tied up in these places and I know that I’ll always feel a familiarity and fondness when I think back to each of them.
As our time in Portland winds down, I wanted to create a collection of artwork to commemorate our past five years here. To lovingly reflect on this current version of “home” and what it has meant to us. Yes, it’s STUNNING here. The snow-capped cascade range, the rocky coastline, the lush green color of the forests. The beauty of the pacific northwest never gets old and consistently stops me in my tracks. But what I’ll miss most are our people. Our chosen family who have made this place, all the way across the country from everything and everyone we knew, really feel like home.
The Farewell Collection is an ode to these people and places that have captured our hearts. The composition and colors of each painting were inspired by photographs taken during our time in Portland. I hope that they’ll bring you the same sense of comfort, beauty, and home that they bring me.