“Traveling with my grandparents in their classic Buick from Grand Rapids to Manistee to go camping every summer is my earliest memory of road trips. With the radio tuned into something like ‘Cruising to the Oldies,’ the beauty of the open road stretched before us, the enchanting scenery passing by us on our journey.
“In my home state of Michigan, this scenery is often strikingly beautiful. I remember these early trips to be just that. Heading to the lake, enveloped in the sense of safety and joy provided by my grandparents’ company. Admiring the layering of summer greens, trees that formed a canopy over the road without a house in sight. The destination was their Airstream trailer — where campfires, s’mores, beaches and board games were sure to be on the agenda — but while on the road, that all remained just anticipation.
“That is the joy of the road to me. It’s so beautiful as a destination in and of itself, and yet, it also holds the anticipation of where you are headed. As I grew older, there were many other road trips, each extraordinary in their own way. The areas of Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas have become very special destinations for me, and I love the roads that take me there. It is that area that inspired this painting. This is about the road that leads to the lake and the vines, and the joy of catching the sunset on your journey.
“Cheers to your own path, and the roads that take you there!”
“The Road, the Lake and a Vineyard”
Size: 20 x 20 x 2
Medium: Mixed media
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“Northern Michigan is a special place: It’s one of my personal favorite spots on the planet. Among all the beauty, a few special spots stand out. If you have ever had the privilege of visiting Chateau Chantal, you know it is one of those very special places.
“The road twists and turns, winding its way past barns and glorious vineyards, until you arrive at the magnificent “chateau” itself. Stepping out of your car, you can see the bays on each side of Old Mission Peninsula, and all the rolling hills covered in vines in between. To say it takes your breath away is a understatement: It is magically enchanting.
“After you regain your composure, after you recover from the giant dose of beautiful you have just been hit with, you enter the beautiful building itself, finding your way to the tasting counter, where the knowledgable staff can guide you in your exploration of the fine wines available at Chateau Chantal. Once you find your favorite, you can get a glass and head out on the expansive patio, where more glorious views await you.
“It is from these many vantage points that I photographed this enchanting place, and from those images created a series of both oil pastel on photo and original mixed media pieces. The road that winds through the property is depicted in each image I have created because I love roads. It’s all about the idea of being on a journey, of passing by beautiful country, of the road less traveled. Travel itself is represented by roads, and this road twists through a magical place. May you be as enchanted viewing the work as I was creating it! Cheers!”
Chateau Chantal: The Series
Medium/Price/Size: Varies by piece
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