Have you ever experienced things that seem to foreshadow parts of your life? For me it’s a regular occurrence. My Grandmother passed more than a decade ago and left behind a treasure trove of leftover memories in a storage building. Tucked in the unwanted, leftover boxes, I came across a picture. I immediately connected with the worn image.
The picture followed us into our new home and is prominently displayed in our main hallway. I never really studied the print until last year, when it caught my attention. Before I ever knew I wanted to be a flower farmer, before I ever had connected with this life, this picture revealed my story.
Daniel Ridgeway Knight, a US born artist who moved to France to study and later permanently resided in Europe, was most well-known for painting ladies surrounded by flora. My print depicts just that, with two peasant women carrying armloads of beautiful flowers to market to sell as cut stems.
How this print found me was a clue into what would unfold in my own life and is one of those ironies that make us smile. This painting was worth so much more than a 1,000 words. This one painting, in a single snapshot, told my story.