"They always ask,
'Hey mom, do you like doing that? How much are you getting paid for that'!"
Illustration by pve design for J.McLaughlin
"I hope I give them a good lesson for the future when I tell them often:
learn to love what you do and it will love you back!" pve
These wonderful words of wisdom are from the lovely & talented wife, mother & artist Patricia van Essche, seen here with her three children who ask really great questions!
Patricia's incredible art has me thinking about how each one of us has in a corner of our memory, a place that we once called home.
These homes are the safety deposit boxes of our memories. Loving marriages, great parties, happy childhoods and long held family traditions.
Some families live in a home for a little while and some families live in a home forever! Either way, feelings of security and emotional comfort grow naturally from the sights, sounds & scents of the familiar.
With each home that my husband and I have lived in, I have certain distinct memories. I can close my eyes and visualize bringing home our newborn babies, the smell of rising bread, the feel of beach sand on the kitchen floor, the sound of my daughters voice as she comes through the door, and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn by my son.
Our move from California to Kentucky was a biggie! In the last ten years, so much good life has been lived here. I'll always hang on to memories of planting my first garden & the day a brand new puppy named Gracie arrived.
"Home is where the heart is and when a commission comes to me, all I can imagine are the many hearts who have entered this home. A home is where the heart is even after one moves on." pve
So very true! Everyone leaves home and everyone finds a place to call home. Turns out that the end is many times the beginning!
I loved reading Patricia's interview when she sat down with another one of my favorite artist, Anne Harwell at Annechovie. Found out that Patricia is a Kentucky-bred, born & raised right here in the Bluegrass!
Thank you so much Patricia for allowing me the privilege of sharing your incredible artistry & your words of wisdom here at The Lisa Porter Collection.