View from Sunnyside Farm

Both my home and studio are located on The Farm At Sunnyside, an organic farm owned and run by the Lapham family. My husband and I moved here in 2007 and since that time we have seen a beautiful place become even more so.

The areas of the farm that inspire me the most are the places where the landscape is in transition from the wilderness portion of the property to its agricultural zone. These areas of orchards, meadows, ponds, streams, and hedgerows are visible manifestations of the farm’s commitment to creating a mutually beneficial link between nature and agriculture. I would venture to say these areas also nurture the human spirit.

It is no coincidence that it was during the European Industrial Era of the late 19th century that landscape painting first became a genre of its own. The land itself had never before been considered a subject worthy of representation in paintings. But the human spirit craves a relationship with the natural world, and landscape paintings began to fill the parlors and sitting rooms of the newly urban middleclass.

Artists are motivated to create for different reasons and to different ends. I have always made artwork to honor what is beautiful to me and what I admire. The farm’s in-between places are deeply beautiful to me. They are places created by thoughtful people who have shown that we are not always interlopers in the natural world and that, in some places, we can do better than “leave no trace.”

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