Wait Till You Hear This! I'm So Excited To Tell YouAn Extraordinary Thing Happened To Me Yesterday
Out Of The Blue..... I received an email from someone whose name I didn't recognize. Normally, I would have just junked it, but something caught my eye. And I'm so glad I took a look.
The sender, whose name is Richard Streets, has kindly given me permission to share his emails and photos with you and so I am proudly doing just that. Yet another side to me (most of) you aren't familiar with.
I cannot describe what it felt like to receive this. Thrilling is the closest I can come up with. I've had some similar experiences over the years, but somehow, this is just the best, so perfect.
"Dear Ms. Fiedel
I acquired two of your paintings, Lapse and Less Air, in 1986 in Boston. I bought both these paintings the same day at an exhibition in the office building where I worked. It was my first purchase of fine original art and it was a very significant investment for me. These two wonderful paintings have been with me ever since.
I have lived with your work in Boston, Orlando, Toronto, London and Los Angeles. In each place they have occupied a prominent position in my home.
They have been seen by countless visitors and I have received great praise and appreciation on your behalf from all sorts of people over these years. Whenever possible I have told them the story of their origin and of you the artist (as best as I know it.)
In a way, they have become part of my identity, a reflection of who I am and what I love. I can’t begin to tell you how much pleasure I have taken from being able to see this art virtually every day for almost 30 years. I have never stopped enjoying and appreciating them.
I wanted to share with you some photos that show where these paintings hang today in my home. It will take several emails to get them all to you so tow more will follow. I live in Pacific Palisades, CA. I would love to invite you here to see them and to give me and my wife Jennifer the chance to meet you and thank you in person."
I’m so happy that hearing from me meant so much to you. In the same vein, hearing back from you with such a heartfelt message is very gratifying.
It was easy to locate you by a simple web search and there was your email address. I actually first learned you were in Santa Barbara about a year ago. That’s when we were renovating our home and decided we would place your painting in the entry. At that point I wanted to contact you but I waited until the house was all done so that I could send you nice pictures.
One thing I forgot to mention is that the impact of these paintings is magnified (no pun intended) by their sheer size. They are a major part of the décor and the ambience of our home. We have other paintings that we also love, but they are smaller and less dominant. The large size actually raises the bar on how wonderful the works have to be to stand up to all the attention they get, which they do.
I should also point out that my wife Jennifer has been living with these pictures for about 11 years now. Although she didn’t originally select them, she happily accepted them as part of the package deal that came with me. She also loves them and has a strong emotional connection with them.
We would be happy for you to use my email and our pictures as you suggested and we would feel fine about your using our name. We would love to see any posts you put out in that regard. And if you wander down the 101, I hope you will want to drop in or have a meal with us."
As an artist, I often had no idea who bought my work and mostly didn't ever see it again. But occasionally, at a party or in some random situation, I would meet someone who had purchased it. It was always a deeply wonderful thing. And it's always a surprise. Especially now because it's been so long since I was living that life. #ginafiedelpaintings #ginafiedelart