Genevieve Neice as Studio Wheelwright

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My grandmother at an art show in the early 1960’s.

I was named after my grandmother, Genevieve Wheelwright. She was so talented and creative, I spent my early childhood in her company, watching as she delicately assembled her beautiful Christmas ornaments. They were covered with flower arrangements made of sequins held together with straight pins, the heads of which she had painted with nail polish to match her color scheme.

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One of her ornaments.

Some of my earliest memories are of the time spent watching her work. I credit her with my talent and my interest in design, color, and pattern. She would show me how to use perspective when drawing houses, gently correcting me when my chimney would emerge from the roof at the wrong angle. She worked in various mediums, not restricting herself to just one, something I find myself doing as well.

My grandmother passed away when I was young. I wanted to honor her memory and her gifts to me by naming my artistic pursuits “Studio Wheelwright” because without her influence I wouldn’t see and explore the world as I do.

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Watercolor landscape by my grandmother.

She would sign her work with a pictogram of her last name, a wheel and an arrow pointing right. I can’t take credit for the idea, but I use it when identifying my body of work. So that is the story behind my work. – Genevieve Neice, 2017

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Her “signature”.

4 Comments on “Genevieve Neice as Studio Wheelwright

  1. I’m so proud of you, Genny–you took everything she ever taught you and made it work for you, pushed it so much farther than anyone could have predicted. Grandma would be so damn proud, too.

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  2. I have always loved your work. You are so talented! Hope you always continue to use your gift to create these masterpieces for us to enjoy!!! 🙂

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  3. My LHS classmate and co-worker is a very talented artist. I’m excited to say that I own one of her pieces of art. I hope that one day I can say ” I knew her when…… I only wish I had 1/2 of the talent that she possess in her pinky finger

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