This piece was created to pair with the painting "Baby Jenn in Grandpa's Mill" I created last winter. To give some context for the significance behind the moment, here are a few words I wrote when introducing the first piece:
Anyone who is friends with the Elrod family knows that Grandpa's mill and West Virginia in general are practically sacred. Jenn & her sister, Andrea, grew up accustomed to the frequent 3 hour drives with their parents to Elkins, West Virginia for holidays, family gatherings and lots and lots of WVU Mountaineer football games. Grandpa Robert Whiteman worked as a carpenter for most of his life and is said to have existed as the solid, central binding that the whole family drew strength from.
What I particularly love about this second piece is its inclusion of Grandpa himself. I love seeing his hands and his head bent over as he patiently instructs his granddaughter. I also love the fun details in the wood stack and the Disney characters on Andrea's sweatshirt while the workshop in the background loosely falls away..
Thank you Martha for inviting me to preserve these sweet memories through my painting. <3