the talented Patricia van Essche

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This week I received a very special gift from Patricia van Essche
- the talented artist behind pvedesign .

Patricia painted the farmhouse!
I was extremely humbled by this beautiful gift of art that Patricia created.  She captured the true essence and spirit of the farmhouse.  Her attention to detail is amazing-  from my father's flag flying at the front porch to the antique window trim, to the cobblestone walk, to the bark on the maple (the bark on the maple tree looks exactly in real life as she painted it), to the antique yogurt pot in the front bed... it is all just perfect!
Dan and I are both so touched by this amazingly generous gift. 

As if the painting wasn't generous enough, included in the package were notecards featuring the farmhouse painting.  Patricia didn't know this, but years ago as I sat in Dallas trying to sell our house to move here I would fantasize about having "house" stationary with a picture of the farmhouse on the front.  Having house stationary made from an original piece of art is more than I could have ever dreamed! 

A huge thank you to Patricia for making a long-held dream come true!

Patricia is also a gifted pet artist. 
Ironically, several weeks ago a reader of my blog, Amy, wrote to me to ask if I knew of any "pet artists" as she wanted to have a painting made of her precious Golden " Izzy " to surprise her husband with for Christmas.  I sent her Patricia's blog.  Amy loved Patricia's work and commissioned her to paint the beautiful Izzy!   I was shocked at how quickly Patricia captured Izzy's soul and beauty!
Amy is thrilled with the piece and doesn't know if she'll be able to keep the surprise to herself until Christmas!

(to commission your own original work of art contact Patricia at pvedesign)