I spent the first four months of this year painting on my hands and knees! In response to a call for artists, I was chosen to create two large-scale triptych pieces for permanent installation into the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located in Greer, SC.
The theme I focused on was a combination of “Where We Live” and “Where We Are Going”. Bicycling in upstate South Carolina has been and will always be a distinctive part of both our culture and community. The landscape, the vegetation, and rivers are unique and characteristic of our upstate area. From the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville to the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail in Spartanburg, biking continues to play a large role in how we view South Carolina's landscape while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The bike, however, represents much more than just a bicycle. It is a symbolic vehicle for our future generations. To me, the wheel represents the cycle of life, it is more like a tribute to South Carolina's past and future. Susan B. Anthony once spoke of the bicycle emancipating women more than anything else in the world. She talked about the feeling of freedom, self-reliance, and untrammeled womanhood. This is the sort of feeling I hope to convey in these works as travelers pass by the paintings.
In my on-going effort to help young girls in foreign countries receive an education, I have committed to giving 10% back from the sale of these works to a non-profit organization called Lotus Pedals. Lotus Pedals provides all-terrain bicycles to young, underprivileged girls in Cambodia so that they can safely travel from their villages to their schools.