A Beloved View
Original artwork by Tonya R. Hengerer
This coming May 8th will mark 18 years since completion of the restoration of my house built in the 1790s. It’s my family’s ancestral home or family home place and was purchased by my great-grandparents in 1912. The reference photo that inspired this painting was taken from an upstairs window, and it’s the view I see first thing every morning. I have appreciated countless colorful sunsets from this vantage point, and one of my favorite scenes includes the sheep grazing or lying peacefully in the pasture. When I look out at the mountain and fields, I always have a sense of calm that only being home can render. I guess I could say that this view is indelibly imprinted on my mind…and in my soul.