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MBTB Tasting Room Painting of the Month: “The Road to Paradise”

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Each month, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township — which has a long-term exhibit of my work in its main space — focuses on a different painting, giving guests the story behind it. The latest one is “The Road to Paradise.”

The story: 

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” — Buddha 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by/And that has made all the difference.” — Robert Frost 

“The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.” — Charles Kuralt

“Curiosity did not kill the cat: In my humblest of opinions, only a lack of curiosity could do that. Curiosity is a lifeline for me, and has consumed me from a young age. Roads and pathways are the pinnacle of curiosity visually. Where does it lead? What is around the bend? Where will it take me? The open road represents adventure, new horizons, visual stimulation and, above all, travel.” 

St. Augustine said, ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.’ I want to read the book. 

“This piece is part of a series I have done representing the roads I want to travel and memories of my favorite places, combined with my insatiable curiosity. In my beloved home state of Michigan, you will find several roads like this that twist and turn through the wine country. They are magical places, places that have come to mean a great deal to me. From the people who farm the land to the wine makers and the wine drinkers you will find ‘On the Michigan Wine Trail,’ this painting is dedicated to you: the ones who live and love this land, who hold it dear to their hearts, and sip in its beauty. Cheers to you!”

Size: 24″ x 30″
Medium: Mixed Media
Price: $550

To purchase this painting, visit the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room. To purchase other paintings, click here.

MBTB Tasting Room Painting of the Month: “Dancing Through the Vines”

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Each month, Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township — which has a long-term exhibit of my work in its main space — focuses on a different painting, giving guests the story behind it. The latest one is “Dancing Through the Vines.”

The story: “Celebration of life is a recurring theme in my work. When giving me advice, my wise mom, on more than one occasion, said, ‘Don’t take life, or yourself, so serious,’ and so in my typical fashion (I cant help myself), I took that seriously. Her words are something I have to work at, and remind myself of. My paintings help me do that: They are reminders to me to focus on celebration and the pure thrill of being alive.

“The title of this piece could have been many things: ‘Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum’ or ‘Dancing Through Life’ or ‘Without a Care in the World.’ But I chose to put her in the vineyard, tying her to another theme in my work, which is wine country — another place for joyous celebration. ‘Dancing through the Vines’ is meant to remind us all of my mom’s sage advice: ‘Don’t take life or yourself, too seriously.’ Remember to take time to celebrate, to honor your own aliveness and the special people in your life.

‘She is created in acrylic, and her body has been collaged from my palette. I paint on a plastic that you can peel your paint off. The more interesting leftover paint — or acrylic skins, as they are called — end up as collage in my work, as it does here. The wine label is also a skin.

“Now that you know the story behind ‘Dancing Through the Vines,’ today I raise a glass to you, encouraging you to celebrate the small victories, and your own aliveness. Cheers!”

Size: 20″ x 20″
Medium: Acrylics
Price: $320

To purchase this painting, visit the Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room. To purchase other paintings, click here.