As tapestry weaver and painter, I’ve been inspired by Mary Hiester Reid’s use of tonalism and impressionism to express atmosphere and emotional content while portraying the intimacy of personal spaces and valued objects. I’m particularly drawn to her paintings that convey the passage of light within her home and also outdoors in special places, such as her garden and Wychwood Park. For my works in this exhibition, I’ve explored these aspects of her art. Mary Hiester Reid appreciated handmade objects from the East, including woven carpets, which appear in her paintings of interiors.
My handwoven tapestry, “Ancient Echo”, explores the rich tonalities of blues and greens, and incorporates an archaic Mother Goddess symbol found in many Turkish kilims and carpets. “The View From Here” portrays a moment at sundown with light cast on large hemlocks and passing indoors onto a family heirloom wicker chair, and a small Turkish carpet. “Autumn Walk”, painted in resonance with Mary Hiester Reid’s “Autumn”, Wychwood Park, seeks to convey the quality of morning light in the forest towering above two walkers. The diptych “A Special Place” portrays two memorable views at the old family cottage in Ontario.
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