This chair was painted for Chairish the Future 2010, an annual fundraiser to help the Furniture Bank of Atlanta raise money to buy beds for kids. I titled the piece "Where Are You Going My Little One?" The description I gave for the chair follows:
The inspiration for the painting on this chair begins with my own childhood. I lived with my grandmother and she would sing songs to me at bedtime each night. A particular favorite of mine was “Turn Around.” The song begins –
Where are you going my little one, little one
Where are you going my baby, my own
Turn around and you're two
Turn around and you're four
Turn around and you're a young girl
Going out of the door
As a child who was anxious to grow up, this song held a different meaning for me than it does today. Now, as a parent of two children, I understand how fleeting the precious moments of childhood truly are.
On this chair, the shoe tracks represent where the child has come from, the shoes themselves are this brief moment of their childhood and the sock prints lead off to the future. At the time this was painted, my daughter was 4 years old and the shoes featured in this painting were her favorite pair.