Artist Seeks and Finds Her Inspiration!
I grew up exploring the rugged coast of Newfoundland, but always dreamed of a pastoral farm. When I was 13 I went to a summer camp in Nova Scotia, and I remember sitting on the bus as we drove to the site, looking out the window at the countryside with the fields and small farms that so appealed to me. I saw a small boy running in a field, and in the background a big old barn with swallows swooping overhead. It etched a vision in my mind and heart, the dream was solidified within; I saw it and I knew that someday I would live in a similar place.
Life took many sideroads, but a constant was also art. Started drawing as a toddler, and never stopped. I did a Fine Arts degree, and I kept searching for The Place. After many years and checking out over 200 places, I found the old farm I was looking for. As soon as I saw it, I knew it--the maple trees on the lane, the weathered barns, the ancient apple orchard--it was the vision I held in my heart for years!
I've been here now for over 10 years. Every day I am thankful that I am living my dream. Yes, the old barn needs work, and the house could use more TLC. And I won't deny it's a robust challenge combining art with farming and making it all add up. My dream was to live on such an old place like this, to have animals and a farm, and to be an artist. Now I am living it, and discovering the balance between the dream and the reality of living a creative life!
The farm, the woods, the animals and the flowers, are the inspiration for much of the art I create. It's all centred on the relationship with this specific place on earth that I was calling to, and maybe it called me to itself?
Life is an adventure. And one of the latest paths to self-sufficiency has led me to Etsy. I am inspired by the stories of so many who are living their dreams, and sharing their creations here on Etsy. I feel great when I see others succeed doing what they love!
Carmel Rose Smith
An artist and farmer living the creative life in rural Nova Scotia, Carmel was born in Newfoundland. She studied art at five universities, and holds a BFA from Concordia in Montreal. She specializes in drawing and painting, working from life.
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