Thursday, March 18, 2010

A conversation with Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson: Part 7

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How did you get interested in creating art of cattle?

I grew up in rural New England; we always had cows and roosters and sheep on farms which we would pass driving from one small town to another. When I was a kid, my parents took us to a lot of petting farms in our area. We would go and get a homemade ice cream at a small dairy and visit the cows, or go for pork sausage at a small farm and visit the sheep. I guess this was good family fun when I was a kid, these images give me a sense of warmth and a sense of family even today. My sister was married last summer in Amherst, MA, my family decided to stay at a bed and breakfast on the outskirts of town for the weekend. On the property, they had roosters and chickens and a goat or two, a very nice way for me to give my Orlando kids a taste of my childhood!

Picture credit: "Barnyard Friends"

Click here to learn more about this piece of cow and chicken art

1 comment:

Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson said...

I have some photos of my family at the fence with a bag of bread and the cows and the sheep running toward us. I think I'll put them up on my blog eventually, to describe my fascination with barnyard animals to my readers!

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