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Artist ID: 2401

Still Time on Pye Pond, my ongoing encaustic narrative, dwells in a family farm in South Georgia, where an odd collection of potentially fixable or reusable items await their fate in a randomly ordered fashion. I find much poetry, at once beautiful and sad, in their uncertain future. It is this conflicted beauty, this Southern family portrait that I seek to recreate in my studio.
Objects stand in for people, for kinships tangled like Spanish moss, for ideas as deeply anchored as the roots that drain the soil, for time as still as the water on the sheltered pond. For things that could be fixed.

Pye Pond used to be home to all of us; not anymore. There is waywardness. Unspoken absences. When I visit occasionally – these are our roots, this is family – I escape the silence and find solace in the fields and barns around the pond, in patient mounds of old familiar things. I collect images.

Things change ever so slowly on Pye Pond, but there is still time…

My fascination with art began as a child, with the architecture of the Montreal World’s Fair. The fantastic forms, colors and stories of Expo ’67 inspired me to study architecture (B. Arch., McGill University, Montreal) and later creative writing (MFA, Queens University of Charlotte) with a detour along the way to study economics and politics in Oxford, England, on a Rhodes Scholarship. I met my husband in Oxford, and his Air Force and aviation career dictated our geography.

When I discovered encaustics in our wonderful arts community of Greenville, a new storytelling adventure began. Greenville has been my home since 1999 and I joined the new Greenville Center for Creative Arts in 2015 as one of its inaugural studio artists.

Aside from my studio practice, I have long been active in various aspects of Greenville’s art scene. I initiated the pilot program for The Warehouse Theatre’s This Wooden O educational outreach and mentored the first Greenville County High Schools Art Exhibit during the inaugural year of Artisphere. I am the co-founder and curator of the SeasonArt Series, a happy marriage of visual arts and literature at The Warehouse Theatre. With my husband Bill McLendon I founded the Brandon Fellowship at the Greenville Center for Creative Arts. I currently serve on the Urban Panel of the City of Greenville’s Design Review Board.

My encaustic art can be found in various corporate and private collections in the United States and Canada.

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