September’s artist is my mother, Jeanne Perez, because—as you can see most explicitly above—she is having a twenty-year retrospective show this month. The show (party, actually—all are welcome) will exhibit her talents as a fine artist, but she has not always enjoyed the luxury of painting-for-fun.
Jeanne has made a living as an artist through the most unconventional of ways. As a decorative painter, she pushed along painting murals and furniture decorations for the Nutmeg State’s classiest rich people and merchants. For example, one woman, a regular Connecticut mansion owner, had her recreate a segment of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece on her bathroom ceiling. Here she is, painting The Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Planets:
After expanding and making her mark throughout the Tri-state area (any mural my stand-up father saw in a restaurant prompted him to ask “Hey Gabe, do you think Mom painted that?”), she put down the palate and picked up some scissors. With a few years spent as a florist, and a couple husbands later, my mother has finally found the means to do what she loves, this:
Hot Sunset, 2010
…which brings us up to date: 20 Years on Hatch Pond. But that’s all I’m going to show you. To see the rest of the series, you’ll have to come to the show—and why wouldn’t you? There’ll be art, food, and not to mention a beautiful view of Hatch Pond. Plus I hear there’s going to be free booze!
So that’s my mom, Jeanne Perez. I hope you enjoyed reading about her as much I enjoy being her son. Thanks for the inspiration, Mom. Aw shucks!
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