Georgia E. Fitzwilliams

Artist Statement:

Each morning I am greeted by the melodic sound of our resident Sandhill Cranes. A quick walk on the deck to greet them with a cup of coffee in hand begins the day. The Finches, Cardinals, Sparrows, Hummingbirds and occasional Blue Birds gather on one of the many feeders in my front yard for breakfast while serenading anyone who will listen to their beautiful songs. This was the inspiration for my chair. The birds come ‘home’ to my yard each day and provide a peaceful tranquility that is often hard to find in one’s otherwise busy life. My fifteen-year battle with breast cancer goes on, and each year I reflect on the past year and realize how far I have come and how fortunate I have been to have worked with all the wonderful survivors through the Rare Chair event. We start with what was once a chair that couldn’t find a home and we end with a wonderful piece of art that tells a story about someone’s life and reflects the love and emotion that brought us all together in the first place. The strength and companionship that comes from this effort cannot be measured. We all share a common bond and we use that collective energy to produce these works of ‘love’ so that someday we will all share in the ultimate goal….the cure. So, please use this chair to sit and watch one of the most beautiful of all of nature’s treasures. Listen to their songs and watch their graceful flight through the air, and enjoy the peaceful tranquility that they bring to us all.