Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fly Sunflowerscape by Texas Artist Nancy Medina

Fly Sunflowerscape by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas

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Fly Sunflowerscape is a scene from my youth on a 20-acre organic farm in East Texas, a place that had red dirt roads and only five houses for 30 square miles. My family settled there in 1969, moving from St. Louis after my father's job at Western Union relocated him to their Texas office.
While working full-time jobs, my parents decided to build their own dream of a working farm, planting acres of crops in their evening and weekend hours, with the help of an excellent and free labor force of four healthy daughters.

We lived in a house with holes in the roof so large you could see the stars at night, the first skylights I ever knew. When it rained, every available pot and pan was placed on our kitchen floor to catch the water. In the summer we never wore shoes, we had no air conditioning and in the winter we had no central heat. I saw things as a child that still haunt me, because farm life also brings a brutal reality of death among the animals. But I still remember moments so beautiful they seem surreal now, of sitting in the dirt beneath rows of giant sunflowers, watching the sun stream through their petals. I always knew that as soon as I was old enough, I would fly away. But every moment I was away, I knew I would come back. Texas was home, because my family is here. I am lucky to have had such a journey, but I am blessed to be home.

Fly on the easel
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