There was nobody in the world as lovely as Eugenia Howes. If you were blessed to know her, I’ve said enough, right? If you did not have the fortune of knowing her, I hope, through my art, which she inspired, to share the beauty of her.
Genia loved the color purple, in most tints and shades. She loved growing her gardens. She loved to watch the sunsets while we ate dinner on the patio. She loved life.
Welcome to Genia’s Garden, a new collection of photographs I made at Mertom Farm in Newtown, Bucks County, PA over the last dozen years. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pennsylvania libraries.
By the way, the purple clematis at left is from the garden at Arts on Union. I have to tell you about this bloom. Eugenia died Thanksgiving morning 2010, surrounded by her family in the historic farm house where she was born and raised and where she raised her own family.
Three days later, Jay and I were in our back yard in Middletown, near Harrisburg, readying the garden for winter. The clematis plant, which climbs a trellis, was dead and Jay began to pull down the dead vines, behind which he found this blossom. we were both speechless, pretty much. It was as though she left a gift, a sign,, call it what you wish. So, I spent the afternoon photographing the blossom in all sorts of places throughout our garden.
One more thing, in addition to our love of flowers, Genia and I shared a love of books and reading. We wrote to each other about them. We chatted on the phone about them and we would sit by a fire in her dining room for hours talking about books we had read and were reading and about libraries. So, I am donating 10 percent of all sales of “Genia’s Garden” prints to the libraries we loved. Each quarter, I shall tally the sales and send a check to a Pennsylvania library to purchase books or other reading materials in memory of Genia.