“I love the color and abstracted notion OF FLOWERS. You can feel the PAINTING CAPTURES mid- to late-summer blooms, and the messiness of meadows and heat around that time where we live.” artwork, she created a gallery wall in their breakfast room (seen above), where the children’s work is arranged alongside the works of other local artists, bringing color and joy to the clean, white space. Each child’s personality also shines through in their artwork. Technical, detailed drawings of planes and automobiles demonstrate their oldest child’s memory for details and pursuit of perfection, while another loves to draw animals with sweet expressions and the third fancies drawing cartoons with great flair and hilarious, dramatic narratives. Two of Ellen Hathaway’s paintings, another local artist, are also displayed featuring sunflowers and daylilies. “I love the color and abstracted notion of flowers,” she says. “You can feel the painting captures mid- to late-summer blooms, and the messiness of meadows and heat around that time where we live.” Perhaps this observation resonates for her in the midst of the family’s daily life—“it does not take very long for things to get messy here”—but it is also the place where beauty unfolds.
Charlottesville Wine & Country Living Fall 2016