Locally Grown – Rhonda Church Finfrock

Rhonda Church Finfrock

It’s almost time for the next issues of The Turquoise Iris Journal! As always, we’d love to give you a little teaser of what we’ve got in store.

This time around we’re sharing an excerpt from Rhonda Church Finfrock!

I use art to tell the story of the history and importance of agriculture in my farm town community. My creative business, Fruitful Life Studio is located inside Rocky Hill Antiques, a local antique mall, formerly a packing house for fruit. My project is to paint smalls (shadow boxes, tiles, ornaments, and magnets) for my booth, depicting the agricultural landscape of my community and my orange farm. During the video tutorial, I tell the story of the landscape, starting with the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain snowpack that melts and trickles down through the creeks, streams, rivers, and into the lakes and dam systems that bring vital water to our farms through canal and irrigation systems. This water, enriched with micronutrients, settles into our valley and makes our soil conditions perfect for growing crops.

Sliding into a creative slump? An art show on next month’s calendar encourages me to pick up my brushes. Not feeling inspired? A daily practice of painting, while two of my kids are at school, keeps me working – even on days when it feels like more of a chore than a pleasure. But what to do when the art shows are canceled and everyone in my family is home 24/7 with needs for the foreseeable future? What do I do when my framework for planning and all of the daily and weekly rhythms and habits I’ve established fall away?….

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