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I’ve lived in my home going on 18 years. In that time, it’s taken me a really long time to pick out artwork. Oh, I have a few pieces of art I’m really fond of, like the world famous 911 picture of the fireman raising the flag among the rubble, and the artwork I won at an auction. But nothing much else.
That is until I found Jeanette Fournier, from Nature’s Way Studio.
A few years ago, I was away on a snowmobiling weekend with friends when we decided to go shopping and get on a gondola ride at Mount Washington. We popped into the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, and I came upon the most breathtaking works of art.
I was totally fascinated as to how this woman was able to achieve the results using watercolors. Every watercolor piece of artwork I’d ever seen resulted in muted colors, not the breathtaking depth of color that Jeanette draws out of the paint, not to mention the detail she achieves.
I love nature and the great outdoors, but I have a particular fascination with birds; not to mention my obsession with birds of prey. Being able to fly would be the number one super power I would request if someone was doling out super powers.
So once I saw her work, that was it; I was off and running. I couldn’t decide fast enough which piece I wanted first. I made a list and gave it to my daughter as birthday, Mother’s Day and Christmas ideas.
This is the first piece I purchased myself. Stunning isn’t it?
Over the course of several years, my daughter has given me the following pieces of artwork:
Black Capped Chickadee #8
Pick Your Own
I enjoy collecting artwork that reflects what I see outside regularly. It’s of no enjoyment to me personally to have a print of a moose, when I’ve never seen one up close. Now if I ever do get to see a moose first hand, I might have to add it to the list.
My favorite piece of art is the Red Tail Hawk I purchased last year. I see Red Tail Hawks all the time. I see them in my front yard, sitting on trees, flying looking for prey. They are everywhere, and a day barely goes by that I don’t see one in the sky.
Last summer, I just so happen to look out the window and caught a Red Tail Hawk perched on the tree directly in front of my house. She was magnificent, and really big! A lot bigger when you see it up close than when it’s flying in the sky.
I snapped a few pictures with my phone, not great quality but you can see how big she is.
So it was appropriate for me to buy this piece and display it proudly:
The Little Hunter
Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting Jeanette in person. I was thrilled to be able to finally meet the artist who had created such breath taking works of art and so beautifully captures nature and animals in all their glory.
When I was there I picked up this cute piece with two lovely blue jays hanging out on a tree.
Here’s how I display some of my artwork in my home, on the main wall in my living room (not great quality, sorry):
I’m on the hunt for a few more pieces to add to the collection. I’m specifically looking for some artwork for my dining room. Here’s my wish list:
If you’re interested in learning more about Jeanette, you can visit her website or Facebook fan page where you can watch what she’s working on and learn how she gets her inspiration for her work. If you get to meet her, tell her Maureen said “hi.”