SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – For painter Patricia Perry, sharing a scene with a mare and her foal offers the perfect way to say thank you to the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board.
Perry gave “The New Arrival” to the board last month. The work shows the pair on a pasture on Warm Springs Road near Perry’s home in Shenandoah Junction.
“I treasure the beautiful farms in the area, and the rural way of life here inspires my art,”she explained to board members. “I appreciate the board’s efforts to help farmers protect their land. I think the board does very important work, and I wanted to express my gratitude with a painting expressing hope and commitment for the future of farms – a new foal in spring.”
Liz Wheeler, the Farmland Protection Board’s executive director, found Perry’s gift perfectly fitting.
“Protecting our county’s farmland goes hand in hand with protecting the quality of life in Jefferson County,” she said. “Mrs. Perry’s portrayal of a Jefferson County farm scene captures the essence of what we are committed to protecting – working lands that support the economy and provide us with healthy food, clean water, wildlife habitat and the scenic and historical landscapes that make Jefferson County such a beautiful place to live and visit.”
Patricia Perry grew up in Detroit and moved with her family to Europe as a teenager. She studied in Germany and Paris, then enrolled as an art student at UCLA and earned her bachelor’s in fine art.
She has lived in West Virginia since 1976. Her paintings are in private collections in the area as well as in D.C., Philadelphia, California, Seattle, Annapolis, Md., and elsewhere.
Her work also may be seen at the Bridge Gallery at 8566 Shepherdstown Pike or at the Fire House Gallery and Shop at 23 E. Main St. in Berryville, Va.
The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board began after West Virginia lawmakers in 2000 offered counties new tools to help landowners preserve their property for agricultural purposes.
Anyone may learn more about the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board by calling 304-724-1414 or going online to wvfarmlandprotection.org. More of Perry’s paintings and drawings may be found at pxpART.com.