I’m often asked to personally deliver a sculpture to its new home to help with placement and installation. For me, it’s always a special experience to be involved in the process. I can’t say it’s close to bringing one of my daughters home from the hospital, but it has its similarities.
It’s a quiet ride. High alert. Straps are tight. Roads seem bumpier, traffic faster and driving is very defensive. A block feels like a mile and 35 mph feels like 65. The arrival is met with smiles, a bunch of ooooohs and fondling. Unloading is sacred. Then the parade. The band soon fades and the crowd thins. It’s quiet again and the world spins just a bit differently.
Here are three more deliveries. So, let the storks fly…
Jana Ireijo, Solvang, CA
When did you first discover your creative talents? I always knew I had a gift for drawing and art, but for years it was a hobby, nothing more. It wasn’t until undergraduate school that an art class changed my life. It was Introduction to Oil Painting. I remember sitting at the easel, smelling the paint, and feeling the way it felt on the brush, under my fingers. It was instantaneous – that knowledge that I had found my calling. I knew that I could make that paint do anything I wanted. Years later, time has humbled that ego, but the paint itself never fails. I start mixing it on the palette, and once again time stands still.
For an artist, selling their first piece of work is a memorable moment. Tell us about your first piece or a special piece that was sold. I often think of the first painting I sold. I wish I had the name of the guy who bought it, so I could check up on it! It was at an art fair in Chicago. He came back twice to see it, before he finally purchased it. I remember being so flattered, because had a small house which he took great pride in. Every piece of art and furniture had a specific memory or meaning to him. It was a painting of a bulldog I was really attached to, and had a difficult time letting it go. I imagine where it hangs on his living room wall. Does he still love it? Is my painting happy?
Who are your favorite artists? I remember being struck the first time I saw Andrew Wyeth‘s “Christina’s World.” I myself was a teenager, and the sense of isolation was just devastating. I am entranced by the symbolism of Northern Renaissance painters. The artist I most identify with (and wish I could paint like!) is Francis Bacon.
Artist: Jana Ireijo
Title: LOVE ME
Medium: Oil on canvas, 48×48 inches
Anna Marie Francesco, Upland, CA
When did you first discover your creative talents? I was doing my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Pomona & I could not decide what to declare my major in. I was discussing my major options with my father & he said, “Why don’t you major in art?…You have always been creative.” I decided to give it a try. I changed my major to Fine Art & never looked back.
For an artist, selling their first piece of work is a memorable moment. Tell us about your first piece or a special piece that was sold. One sale I will never forget was to the President of Claremont Graduate University, Dr. Robert Klitgaard. He selected me to be the recipient of the President’s Art Purchase Award & my piece currently hangs in the President’s Mansion. I was very honored.
Who are your favorite artists? Lee Bontecou, Mark Rothko, Mark Ryden, Barbara Kruger, Joshua Okon, David Amico, Chris Burton, Chuck Close, Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Jay Defeo, Lynda Benglis, Jimmy Gleason, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Anish Kapoor, Banksy, John Baldessari & many many more…..
Artist: Anna Marie Francesco
Medium: Joint compound & spray paint on canvas.
Sherrie Parenteau, Plainfield, CT
When did you first discover your creative talents? I first discovered that I was an artist when I was about 6 years old my father told my sisters and I to all draw a picture of his truck, he was a cross country truck driver, we did as asked and to his surprise (and mine) my drawing was quite accurate and highly realistic. I knew then that I was given a gift.
For an artist, selling their first piece of work is a memorable moment. Tell us about your first piece or a special piece that was sold. My most memorable sale was August 2009. I had won a one women show in a regional competition in Mystic CT. and had invited my collectors. One of the collectors that came brought her family with her. As I was talking with her daughter about a painting that her mother had lent me for the show she mentioned that she thought it was odd that I didn’t mention on the painting label that the painting was in the collection of Sally Jessy Raphael (the former talk show host) I was astonished that the collector I had meet with may times before was in infamous talk show host. Since then Sally and her husband Karl have been collecting my work and currentlly have 8 of my pieces in their collection.
Who are your favorite artists? My favorite artists include but are not limited to… Manet, Vermeer, Velazquez, Alyssa Monks, Alex Kanevsky, Paul Fenniak, and Winslow Homer.
Artist: Sherrie Parenteau
Title: The Secret
Medium: Oil on panel, 48×60 inches