The Story Behind the Work : Granny Mae

This is Granny Mae.

Known as the sister painting to Mama Millie Ford, Granny Mae is the only personal reference I have to a woman who was the wife of a sharecropper. She was also my great grandmother.

As the wife of a sharecropper in Central Texas she had a life that could be described by many adjectives but "easy" is not one of them. The memory of her life keeps me grounded and grateful always. (Link)

I had the pleasure of being her great- granddaughter in the small town of Hope Arkansas in the mid-80s, when it was known as the home of Giant Watermelons (think 200+ pounds). The associated Watermelon Festival was the highlight of the summer; it capped off three months of heat and humidity with delicious sweet fruit and an arts and crafts fair right before we headed back to school.

Granny Mae and watermelons will always be home to me.

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The current "Story Behind the Work" series describes the people, places, and experiences that have influenced the pieces in my first art show - Local Color

Be sure to check out paigemeredith.com/localcolor for more stories behind the art as well as information on how to buy an original piece of art.