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June Carey - Imported Vines -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          Imported Vines
by June Carey

$395.00

LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 175
Image Size: 14"w x 21"h.
Published: January 2006



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"This vine has evolved from the hills of ancient Italy and France to the Northern California wine country. The vines themselves are works of art, either flowing as green ribbons into distant valley vistas or in their twisting close encounters beneath dusty bunches of ripening berries.

"In a sense, this portrait of my revered grape vines is a still life . . . but is it? In their guided freedom they are not "still," but rather, they grow. In all their sun-drenched glory, they simply do what they do: reach for the light and air, winding up from the fertile earth to produce the beautiful fruit that makes so much happiness. And so it seems their lives go on forever. Can that be still life?"


June Carey
The little farmhouse in Pennsylvania where I grew up was always alive with singing, laughter and a love of the arts. My father, a voice instructor, introduced us to the steady flow of eccentric, larger-than-life characters found in his greatest passion – the dramatic world of the Italian opera. Aida’s rich theme always seemed to be playing in the background as I went in search of a reality I could call my own, escaping into the quiet roar of the singing crickets and song of the meadowlark. I could lose myself in the turquoise twilight magic of a summer evening or breath of sweet fields of winter wheat beneath the rising sliver of a moon. I found my true love and years later found myself longing for the beautiful fields of my childhood, where everything was the way it should be. My passion springs forth through the beauty of the fertile earth, which has always been my real teacher. I began painting full time in 1982, doing my time as a starving artist while raising my young son. I was happy to trade this tragic cliché for the happy success of sell-out gallery shows and award banquets. In 1991, I married maritime artist David Thimgan, and we thrived together. On one late summer afternoon escape, traveling to the Mendocino coast, I discovered the California wine country. I was so happy to have found a place in California that reminded me of my long lost fields of Pennsylvania. I painted my first vineyard scene in 1996 and, as time passed, this interest has taken me to the countryside of Tuscany, where I feel I probably lived in a former lifetime. My Italian opera theme song has never left my heart, and somehow life seems to have come full circle, to connect, again, the passions of my life.

 

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