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.your road

All images from my series “Drive By”


Your road is everything that a road ought to be…and yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them. ~Mark Twain

I have taken plenty of curved, mysterious roads in my life. Climbing 19,000 foot high volcanoes and sailing across the Pacific Ocean in my 20s and 30s certainly were seductive adventures and distracted me from the usual pursuits in life-stability in career and family-until I just couldn’t put those off any longer. Thank goodness I took those little roads that branched off the beaten path. They have definitely given me more to think about now that I am in my 40s. I don’t feel like I have yet to get out there and do something-travel, adventure, risk. I just want to be with my kids, my husband, my family as we grow closer together.

My fine art series “Drive By” is about how we get too caught up in the busyness of life and end up watching the simplicity of life pass us by. The beauty, the solitude, the authentic nature of things go by us as we rush to have more in our lives. The things that are close to us are blurry and can’t be seen as clearly. We forget how dear they are and take them for granted. But we see “the other side” clearly-as somewhere we would rather be; a place where other people and things appear to be better-sharper. From a car window, the mountaintops are more in focus between the blurry trees because they are farther away. As we speed on by we move relatively slower past them compared to the trees and grass and fences in the foreground.

This series in the initial stages of conception. I started it almost 2 years ago and revisit it whenever I am a passenger in a moving vehicle. I constantly think about this idea of busyness and how dangerous it is to our society and our soul. It makes me miss the cruising life even more.




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    February 18, 2012

    I love this series. The last photo is to die for. I adore it. Your sentiments are so correct. It’s very sad how often we overlook the good things in life because we are so ‘busy’. We are similar in so many ways. Your previous blog I think mentioned how you’re a late bloomer. I feel exactly the same! I’m 10, 15, even 20 years behind a lot of my friends as far as the ‘progress’ of my life. Career, family, home ownership, etc. I’ve never understood people who’ve always know what they wanted to do with their lives, who have everything planned out! I’m not that person, however, because of that, I feel like I’ve been able to experience a lot of things my peers have not. I don’t necessarily feel that ‘grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’. I’ve been to the other side of the fence already, so I feel a little more thankful for what I have now. The grass isn’t better on the other side of the fence, it’s just different.
    Today I had a light bulb moment and I’ve finally come up with a cohesive series I’m going to pursue. I have tons of ideas that pop in and out of my head constantly, but I think this one will stick. And, it’s NOT centered around Tharin believe it or not!!
    Looking forward to more from this series! The processing is beautiful.