Client: Wake Forest Baptist Health
Location: Winston-Salem, NC, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $8,000
McNabb Studio, Inc
To create a three panel painting as a focal point to a new Birthing Center at the hospital. Each panel was 36” x 30”, hung 2” apart. Acrylic on canvas. The focus would be a tree dominating and connecting with all panels with a path meandering off into the hills. The landscape is filled with native plants and animals that livehere. The images overlap, amplifying the continuous flow of life. The edges where the colored images and line drawings meet allow space for transformation and room for the viewer’s imagination to wander into another place.
They wanted a significant piece as focal point for the entrance of this new state-of-the-art birthing center. The only request was that there be a tree and bluebirds. Otherwise, the design was up to me as they were familiar with my work and allowed me to use my imagination.
The collaboration consisted of the decorator visiting my studio and purchasing 5 other paintings for this location, still under construction, and top secret. A size was suggested. I prepared a simple sketch to show what I planned to paint and it was immediately approved by the hospital personnel and decorator services. The work was installed by a professional hired by the hospital.
I do so much enjoy commission work. It is an honor to be selected for something like this and validates to me how much I have worked to develop a unique style. Something that says in a glance that it is a painting by Trena McNabb.