Move aside cotton fields, peanut bales and pecan trees there's a new agricultural muse in town! A short ride out side of Thomasville on a beautiful two lane country road in Ochlocknee Georgia sits a wonderful Citrus farm. I met owner Lindy Savelle several years ago when I joined a local running group and was introduced to the world of Citrus farming in Georgia. She spoke then of plans to open her farm to the public and I've excitedly watched her journey through social media. We showed up an hour too early (I should have checked the times) and our gracious hosts still allowed us to roam the groves. I managed to grab some awesome shots of what I hope to be many beautiful canvases in the near future while my son played hide and seek and drove all the tractors in the yard.
Thank you JoNina Farm!
This color palette! I have all the plans..
My process for originals starts with a truck and usually a dirt road. I grew up in very rural South Georgia so most of my memories consist of wild flowers, muddy ponds, fishing, picking blackberries and red clay roads. I find that I'm inspired by these memories and the focus of my photography is close ups of south Georgia life.
So when we ride I bring my camera. We live in town now; I'm a country girl turned city girl. But this city has a population of about 5,000 and there's a pecan field a short walk away. In our free time we love to fish. Instead of picking berries now I'm trying to set up the perfect shot.
Pecans are significant subject in my art. I spent most of my childhood picking pecans, shelling pecans or running through pecan fields.
I worked briefly in my early 20s for a professional photographer. There I learned about levels and curves and I've always edited my own photos. My style has definitely evolved since I started painting from my own reference photos.
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