Love

I heart Boston.

This 4th of July weekend, I wanted to reignite my love affair with Boston. Home of the Red Sox, Tom Brady, Harvard University, MIT, the Freedom Trail and Back Bay I was fortunate enough to also call this city home for a short (albeit passionate two years).

New Yorkers will be the first to tell you that Boston is “No New York” and while that may be true, it’s also part of the appeal. It has the nightlife of a big city, yet the bar scene to rival the best of them. A town of intellectuals, multiculturalism, passionate locals and tourists alike, it’s not hard to see why you never quite get over Boston.

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Harvard Square © Kate Vista, 2015

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Beautiful Buildings © Kate Vista, 2015

Solitude and focus on the Charles © Kate Vista, 2015

Solitude and focus on the Charles © Kate Vista, 2015

The foliage actually looks like this in Autumn © Kate Vista, 2015

The foliage actually looks like this in Autumn © Kate Vista, 2015

Apples Galore! © Kate Vista, 2015

Apples Galore! © Kate Vista, 2015

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Autumn is coming! © Kate Vista, 2015

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Orange is the new white… © Kate Vista, 2015

More orange. © Kate Vista, 2015

More orange. © Kate Vista, 2015

Winter is coming... © Kate Vista, 2015

Winter is coming…
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Let it snow  © Kate Vista, 2015

Let it snow
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Timeless. © Kate Vista, 2015

Timeless.
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Harvard V's Yale. A winter tradition. © Kate Vista, 2015

Harvard V’s Yale. A winter tradition. © Kate Vista, 2015

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Couldn’t forget Fenway! © Kate Vista, 2015

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Nutritious Snacks © Kate Vista, 2015

The sun sets behind the Green Monster.  © Kate Vista, 2015

The sun sets behind the Green Monster.
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Once Upon A Love Story…

I love a good love story. Tales of how people met, reading through other people’s letters or hearing stories of enduring passion despite time, distance or ill health. It should come as no surprise then that I too have my very own love story; but it saddened me that my own story, like so many others, was confined to sacred words on a page, which now lay hidden in a drawer. Thus began my mission to find the perfect artist to bring my tale to life.

Enter – Meredith Gaston: Artist, illustrator, kindergallery owner and general positive spirit.

Photo courtesy of Meredith Gaston - Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Photo courtesy of Meredith Gaston – Photographer Prue Ruscoe

The first thing you will learn about Meredith is the warmth she exudes. The second, if you’re lucky, is that she too is deeply romantic. Much like myself, Meredith met her partner by chance and within weeks had made the move to Germany to be with him. If I was looking for a sign that could be the perfect artist to bring a love story to life, surely this was it.

As Meredith welcomed me into her home (now the Blue Mountains, Australia), the care for her surroundings was evident. The joy with which she spoke about the history of her heritage cottage, the carefully placed watering can perched on a bench, or the wooden logs stacked by her stove (adoringly hand coloured in chalk) for a special touch.

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Every little element had come from a place of love.

It is this joy that exudes from her artwork,

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Artwork Meredith Gaston. Photograph Kate Vista © 2014

 

 

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Artwork Meredith Gaston. Photograph Kate Vista © 2014

 

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Artwork Meredith Gaston. Photograph Kate Vista © 2014

 

fills her studio,

Photo courtesy of Meredith Gaston - Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Photo courtesy of Meredith Gaston – Photographer Prue Ruscoe

 

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© 2014 Kate Vista

and inspires the pages of her best selling books (Tucked In and 101 Moments of Joy)

Although it is obvious that Meredith’s artwork comes from a heart that is very real and honest it was interesting to hear that the idea of portraying happiness as an emotion through artwork was something Meredith grappled with initially. The cliché of the brooding or struggling artist is long portrayed but so too the notion that art has to be “somber” in order to be notable.

Thankfully for the world however, Meredith has taken advice on life and art from individuals such as the acclaimed Concita Caranbano and has listened to her own heart. Collectively, this has taken her where she is today; making a very real name for herself, inspiring others with her positive affirmations, warm colours and her signature form.

For Meredith, the girl who appears throughout her artwork has been a constant.  “She’s you and she’s me” reflects Meredith. “Her face has changed but I’ve drawn her since I was 15.” As we looked over early sketches that filled  her old notebooks documenting life and travels from Meredith’s early life I was taken with how much talent was present at such a young age.

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Early Artwork Meredith Gaston Circa 2000. Photograph Kate Vista © 2014

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Early Artwork Meredith Gaston Circa 2000. Photograph Kate Vista © 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Meredith art has always been about expression and about love. It’s not a cliché, it’s very real indeed. “Love is precious, love should be shared and inspire others” she continues. I think I had found my perfect storyteller.

Photo courtesy of Meredith Gaston - Photographer Prue Ruscoe

Photo courtesy of Meredith Gaston – Photographer Prue Ruscoe

 

To learn more about Meredith and view her works visit http://www.meredithgaston.com

To learn more about kindergallery, run by Meredith and her partner Kevin, visit http://kindergallery.com

 

 

 

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