Peacock Lane (2011)
Peacock Lane really started with the fence photographed in our Portland, OR neighborhood, Laurelhurst. The fence is used literally in Parade Day, although the literal fence wasn't added until the final round of editing. I had the fence in my head, had drawn it multiple times and was using the feeling of it to create various other parts of the collection. Elements of the fence are in Ticking Stripe, Menagerie, Bouquet, Wallpaper and of course Parade Day. The feeling of that fence... a laboriously created Victorian era garden fence... was with me all the time, but there were other substantial influences as well.
The exotic animals of the Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR have been a family favorite for my children since they were tiny munchkins. My husband's family has a long history of working there and my children's early years included many trips to the Wildlife Safari. It's only a bizarre coincidence that a peacock has taken up part-time residence at the same in-laws' home garden, much to their dismay. I've always had a bit of a love-affair with peacocks as my own hometown park always had peacocks roaming free. Some of my earliest and favorite memories are of collecting feathers from around the park with my dad.
Somewhere in my head an exotic, private animal sanctuary began to form. On the grounds a large, stately home with gorgeous Wallpaper, Ticking Stripe pillows and mattresses, ornate, framed silhouettes of the animals along the hallway walls (Menagerie), beautiful hand-crafted fences,Meadows of birds eating wildflowers and on Parade Day, the animals don their best blankets and strut proudly of their own accord all around the grounds for an audience of only each other.
And always with this collection I knew I wanted to modernize my Victorian sanctuary. The colors needed to be bold, fun and modern; the backgrounds modern and yet subtle.