So if I thought it was hard to write about myself, or my kids, writing about my mom is 10 times harder. Even though we live thousands of miles away, I feel she’s close to me at all times, because as life goes on, and my kids grow older I channel he dialy- and can literally feel he from the inside – I move the way she does, I say things she used to say to me, and sometimes I will squint my eyes and just feel her inside my head. It strange!
What I admire about my mom – is that in all the years of known her, (and I am no spring chicken myself…) she always learned new things, always tried new experiences always searched for new interests. Always a creative being (her “by the phone ” doodling are intricate pen drawn mazes of delight.
When I was growing up she was a painter, a sculptor, a fashion designer, a clothes manufacturer, and then back to sculpture again, where she has found her true calling in creations and teaching. It’s not simple to take a passion and turn it in to your full time job – and she has done it. I watch her and think – if she can do it, I can do it, and sometimes it takes time, and if you do it long enough shifts occur, and dreams come true.
My mom, like her mom, haven’t stopped growing, and learning – my mom is not just a clay master, she also is techy and a computer geek, just like all her children… and these days she’s happier with a new gadget (preferably form the apple store) than with anything else money can buy….
So all this talent and skill hs finally been gathered into one new online spot – where you can view her work, learn about her and enjoy art. I present www.leoniebarel.com
And since I don’t go home that often, I walked around my house and shot some of the pieces I have been able to collect over the years. Thanks mom, and congratulations on your 2011 site and endeavor!