Letters From All Over – Missouri Life – Tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright

I received my copy of the Missouri Life April/May 2013 in the mail yesterday.  A thick magazine, it’s full of stories and fun things to do in Missouri.

I flipped open the copy and began browsing.

Much to my delight, on page 16, the second comment in the “Letters From All Over section” was a nice thank you letter from Joanne Kohn, Board Chairman for the Frank Lloyd Wright home on the feature article I penned with photography in the February 2013 issue.

Last month Joanne sent me an email, thanking me for the article and the photography.   I immediately forwarded the email to my editor, Danita.  Little did I know she’d be publishing the kind words in the April magazine.

In turn, I sent her a nice thank you for using Joanne’s comment.

Attached is the comment for your reading pleasure.

Also if you want to read the original article “Gateway to Wright” click here and it will link to my blog post of February 5, 2013.

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New Publication – Gateway to Wright – Missouri Life

Last fall, I sent a proposal to my editor at Missouri Life for an idea on a famous home.  I receive a contract for a feature story with photos for the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Ebsworth Park.  A fan of Wright’s for many years, I was ecstatic to receive the assignment.

After contacting Joanne, the home’s board chairman, we set up a time for a tour.  Although I’d visited the iconic structure before with hubby and family, the second time around left me with a new found appreciation for Wright’s concepts and architecture.

Over the course of my assignment, my love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright deepened.  His Japanese-inspired influence, use of geometric shapes and natural materials made him all the more appealing to me.

Joanne mentioned I was only the third photographer allowed to capture the home’s interior, and the first photographer to have a published photo of the Cherokee Red gate at the entrance of the home.  I’m the first writer/photographer to do a story on the home fact-checked by the board chairman.

Joanne sent me a very nice email on February 8, 2013.

“Dear Sheree,
I was able to buy Missouri Life this week and saw and read the article.  It is outstanding!  The photography is amazing.  Thanks for taking so much time to hone the article and make it as interesting and as accurate as possible.
We are going to distribute the article widely to our friends and patrons.  It is a great tribute to your perception and to the house.
Thanks so much.”
Joanne

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Hope you enjoy the article.  It’s one of my proudest achievements.

With the exception of one photo, I used ambient light to capture the home’s essence.

Click on the link and copyrighted material below:

Mo Life Feb 2013 – LR FLW

Life is Waiting…

Some of you might know me as a writer or photographer.  I am an artist, first and foremost.  And while I haven’t created a masterpiece in awhile, I draw inspiration from art and carry it over to my photography and penned works.

In college, I majored in Commercial Art.  One group of classes I especially enjoyed was Design.  So much so, I couldn’t wait to take this elective prior to the rest of my general subjects.

I whizzed through all three Design classes, and gathered valuable information along the way.

In Design I, I learned the basics – use of geometric shapes in a defined area, working with black and white, and more.  In Design II, I learned about creating logos, pixilated images, how balance and harmony play into design, and creating in 2d and 3d.

In Design III, with Monica Mason as professor and mentor, my fellow students and I went wild.  In this class, we learned to appreciate the abstract, the surreal, the sublime, while learning about color.

Even today, I reminisce about the fun and freedom I experienced in Monica’s class.

I remember her words of wisdom, “Design is what you want it to be.”

For the final, one student painted an acrylic on a huge life-size canvas; another classmate’s creation was smaller than his hand.

I began to appreciate and love the abstract.  During this time, I grew fond of architectural style.  (This will become evident in an article due out in Missouri Life, February 2013).

Recently, I tried my hand at design on a smaller scale with the help of my friend Dennis Guinn, a general contractor.

There was a small alcove on the wall to my basement.  An empty canvas of drywall, framed on three sides and a shelf on the bottom, it sat lifeless and neglected for more than four years.

I thought about filling it with mirrored tiles, but that was too ‘disco’.  I imagined it covered with stone, but that was too dense and cold.

That little alcove needed something magical.  A combination of ceramic, glass and stone tile seemed to be the right marriage.

I sketched my vision on paper, and with the help of Dennis (who did a grand job of placing, gluing and grouting tiles) came up with the masterpiece below.

My masterpiece

My masterpiece

And even though it took four years to finish this project, maybe that’s the way it was suppose to be.

So what’s stopping you from creating a masterpiece?

Life is waiting. Make it what you want it to be.

(First published – December 2012)