During the opening reception of my show at Savor Wine Boutique, I met a couple who bought my painting “Departure”. I explained that Departure was the first painting in a series of three – only that I hadn’t painted the other two yet. This first painting sets the stage for a girl who’s heading out to chase her dreams. She knows that she has to take the leap of faith and see what the world has to offer – even though she must face a lot of uncertainty. It was loosely based on my personal experience of leaving my friends and family in Macon to live in Atlanta. I knew that Macon didn’t hold the career opportunities that I was looking for and that if I wanted to find my dreams, I needed to leave the familiar and head out into the unknown.
Well, Robert and Daniel loved the painting and decided to commission the other two pieces so that I could complete her journey. Below are the final two pieces, “Big City Dreams” and “Sunny Upon Arrival”.
In “Big City Dreams”, you see that the girl is happy and knows she made the right decision to chase her dreams. She is skipping along with the skyline of the city in the background. The tall grass and dirt road symbolize the rural life she’s leaving behind.
Here in the final piece “Sunny Upon Arrival”, she’s finally made it to the city. She’s in an idyllic park setting and taking in her surroundings. I had her set the suitcase down to show her journey has come to an end.
I’m really glad that I was given the opportunity to complete this series as I’ve really enjoyed painting these. I can safely say that’s she glad she took the leap of faith and ended in a happy place.