“Back to a Place I Never Left” is about memories, abandonment, and the passage of time.
The source and inspiration for the work is the small town I grew up in, Toomsboro, Georgia. The area is known for the lumber mills and chalk mines and it is one of the largest sources for kaolin in the country.
My memories are rich and varied with stories of the people and experiences I had as a child. Overtime, of course, things have changed: the wonderful old buildings are boarded up, many of the houses are empty, and most of the families I knew are gone and drifters have taken their place.
My vision for the series included a variety of images originating from the history of the town and my personal experiences. Harmonizing earth-toned colors unify the work, and the mixed media pieces combine photography and painting, along with a variety of mixed media.