At Home with Hilary Gabel

I interview Hilary Gabel in August of 2014. It was a beautiful summer day and we sat in her backyard for the interview. Hilary lives in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood on an idyllic tree lined street.  She says that her home feels like fall, but also that she enjoys being in the yard in the warmer months. Hilary’s affinity for spending time outdoors is apparent in the tremendous care she and her husband have taken with their yard.

My conversation with Hilary and visiting her home, made me want to make a painting that depicted the view of Hilary’s home from the street. The way in which Hilary described the upcoming block party felt so evocative of an American picture of home, and the flowers which line the front walk to Hilary’s home seem to be ushering visitors in the front door, welcoming guests and greeting neighbors. Thanks for stopping by!

Special thanks to Stefano Vita for use of his music in the audio recording.