I am sure you have noticed that I paint A LOT of abandoned houses.. The reason why?
My own interest in old houses comes from my grandparents farm. I understand the attachment to a house, especially one that has been in the family for many generations. The house tells stories of the past through relics left behind, decor that defines certain eras, and even down to the very way it was constructed. Early homesteads in the US often tell where settlers migrated from by the way it was built and the materials that were used. I have grown attached to my family farm because of the many layers of memories that define the home. Abandoned houses are particularly significant in rural areas because of decreasing populations.
When I see an overgrown home I am reminded of the family that once occupied it and I want their stories to be remembered. My families own desire to maintain the farm has shown me how hard it is to step away. In a rural area, often times you know the family that once resided in the house. The houses are complex because they tell stories of the past yet describe the current economic issues in rural areas. Jobs are limited, farms are larger, and small businesses struggle. I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a rural area. Now that I am older I understand the need to flee, explore, and pursue a career but I also see why people hold on. Its a place that still resonates within me and has now extended onto canvas.