Our 2016 labels feature the work of Jill Griffin. We felt the true promise of our vineyard that emerged in 2016 was captured in the dawn hues and joyful lines of Jill Griffin’s “Flying High”.
Jill is an artist living and working in South Devon of England. Jill has been painting and drawing for as long as she has been able to make marks, working primarily in watercolour. She loves its unpredictable nature, the translucent quality of this medium, and often uses pen to capture the essence of a character. She has a dynamic and contemporary style not normally associated with watercolour and is inspired by the natural world: from the changing seasons to curious farmyard faces.
You can find more about Jill and her art at https://www.artfinder.com/jill-griffin#/
Our 2017 labels feature the work of Frederic Belaubre. We felt the mix of chaos and balance in his “Swallows” evokes the evolution of the vineyard in 2017.
Frederic is an artist from Paris (France). He describes his approach as “Painting as an act of understanding, as a search for fulfillment. Emotions and anxieties, as well as pleasures, the sense of finiteness as well as the enjoyment of moments of eternity when the stream of life flows smoothly, these are the real sources from which I draw to create; constantly renewed attempts of transfiguration of reality into one beyond the light.”
You can find more about Frederic and his art at http://www.fredericbelaubre.com/accueil/index-en.html
For our house wines we went local, with a custom work from Talysha Bujold-Abu. Her miniature “Ideal Day” includes our main barn, and captures the feeling of a picnic, a stroll down the lane and a glass of wine on a lazy summers day.
Talysha is a Master of Fine Arts graduate of the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts. She is the artist behind the EPIC 1867 series of local wine labels, and we are discussing adding a sales gallery for her art.
Our last piece of art is not a label, it’s our barn quilt. Currently on the side of the old granary building, it’s 8 feet square and a variation on the classic “Flying Swallows” quilt block. We added the horizon and sunset to evoke the amazing sunsets we get here at Dancing Swallows. Painstakingly painted by 5th generation family member Gwen McCloskey, we liked it so much we chose it as the logo for the winery.