I remember standing with my Dad at my very first art showing to the public. It was January of 2016 at ARKTANA Shoe Boutique in Camas, WA. I said to my dad "I wish mom was here to see all of this...(quiet pause)...but if she was still here all of this might not be...at least not now." He said "I know doll...she would be very proud".
One night I began preparing wooden canvases and set them aside to dry. I went to bed and had a dream about my Mom. This was unlike any dream I have ever, ever had about someone who has died. There was a knock on my door, I answered....It was my sweet momma ! I clearly remember what she was wearing (her yellow blouse and her cropped tan summer pants and her jelly sandals). I told her to come in...I made her some coffee and she looked over my paintings and said "oh honey these are beautiful, I can't believe I have missed all of this." We sat for two hours...I painted...she smiled and listened to all of my words (just like she always had before). The she got up and walked to the door to leave. For some reason I did not feel panic. She said goodbye and told her to come back again and she said "oh I will"...I woke up in the morning feeling a calm I had not felt since she died...I felt like she saw my paintings...for real !!!
That same evening I was on my sofa and looked over to the mantel where all of the work from the night before was left to dry. I got up and began to paint....the outcome was a CHAIR. I had never painted a chair before...it came out so easily.
In the morning of the next day, I saw the painting of the chair. The most amazing thing happened...I connected the dream to the chair. What I had painted was the chair my mom was sitting on when she came to watch me paint in my dream ! I don't know what to call these happenings...all I know is they come often. I will be painting only to later realize the meaning behind the piece.
And so the CHAIR SERIES began. The painting that started this series is #100 titled "Sedia-Cento"