|"On the Vine" - Colored Pencil on Paper|
As I was working on "Wilting Beauty" I started to think about the aesthetics of the foods I eat and how local produce is as much of a feast for the eyes as it is for the mouth. It occurred to me how much unexpected, unappreciated beauty surrounds us every day...how we have an opportunity to marvel at shapes and lines and colors and textures every time we pick up a head of lettuce or a bunch of tomatoes to make a meal.
I slowly came to the realization that I wanted to combine my passions for local food and art, to use my creative talents to show others the aesthetic beauty and incredible taste of locally grown foods. Think Global, Art Local was born.
"On the Vine" is the first piece in a series based off of produce from local farms. In this piece I wanted to highlight how all parts of the tomato plant are beautiful, including the vines. We often discard the parts of a plant that we aren't going to eat - the greens of a bunch of carrots, the shells of peas, the husks of corn - without pausing to appreciate just how lovely they are. I'll be exploring many of these forgotten marvels throughout the course of this series.
I'm very proud to announce that prints of "On the Vine" in a variety of sizes are available for purchase through Fine Art America. I also have designed several products with this image printed on them that are available for purchase through my Zazzle store including: