Saturday, November 03, 2007

Pawley Farm


My sister, Susan, has recently finished putting together her website, Pawley Farm . She started several years ago, taking some incredibly beautiful photographs of her farm life. After checking into some framing shops, she decided that she needed to mat them herself and then found a local artisan who makes the barnwood frames for her. She has marketed her artwork herself and has them in several Northeastern Oregon shops including some local farm stands where they blend in perfectly with the farm atmosphere. She has also sold a few to a large furniture store who didn't think they would be interested until they saw her work and were so excited that they bought a couple on the spot and ordered several more. You Go Girl!

My sisters story is unique in the fact that she was born with cataracts in her eyes and had several eye operations as a baby and toddler and is legally blind in one eye. I have often asked myself how she captures the beauty around her. It truly is a God given gift. Susan also is a single parent, raising her two sons on her own for these last 16 years. She put herself through college and is a special education pre-school teacher with dreams to someday own her own farm. Susan and the boys live on a large ranch and vineyard in an old ranch house that they rent. They have all worked on and off (more on than off) for the owner and have the use of a big red barn and several different fields to run their critters in. They have a menagerie of horses, one donkey named Elmer, chickens, ducks, sheep and I hear they have acquired a couple of pigmy goats now. Susan grows a big garden every year and sometimes sells her wares at the local Farmers Market.

My big sister is a wonder in my eyes. She does so much and is now on her way to being a locally known artist. It is my mission to get her name and work out to you. Please hop over to Pawley Farm

and have a look at her work. Send anyone you know. Farm art would look wonderful in every house in the country...

15 comments:

Lucy said...

Your Sister's story is so very inspiring, and her photographs are beautiful--congratulations to her on how far she's come and on how much she has accomplished in her life for herself and her family. I book marked her site to peruse later. Good luck to her!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Paula. You have such a way with words and made me cry!!! Love,
Susan

Wende said...

Susan's work is lovely... and you are a wonderful sister. :D

Stacey said...

Susans work is Fabulous!!!
She is a true artist!!!!

Terri said...

Happy Sunday!
I am going to see your sister's website now
God bless.
Terri

Becca said...

Your sister's story is so inspiring. I will enjoy visiting her blog.

Mary said...

What a great story. Your sister is an inspiration.

My youngest grandson is legally blind in one eye, yet he doesn't miss anything. He has a love of nature and can sometimes see things that others would overlook. I believe that when you have a disability such as loss of vision that God gives you special talents in other areas. Now, off to Pawley Farm to visit your very special sister.

Jodi Renshaw said...

What a great story. I am on my way over to check out your sister's site.

Love,
Jodi

Jeni said...

That your sister has accomplished so much is really awesome and inspiring. I did go over to her site, viewed several of the pictures too and they are really great! Now, I have to win the lottery so I can think about purchasing one -unfortunately, my budget as it is now would never cover a purchase like that, much as I'd like it to do that.

ancient one said...

Loved looking at your sister's pictures. She is an inspiration!!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Great photos, and perfect with these grey, rustic frames.
Greetings to your sister.

Shelby said...

Beautiful photos!!!

Mary said...

Paula,

I've tagged you for a meme over at my blog. No pressure, but it is fun.

Blessings for a great day.
Mary

Kathleen Marie said...

Love the artwork! Great story!

Susan said...

Your sister is very talented and her story is so inspirational! I wish her all the best with her new web site.