Bradley Hendershot

Winter At The Chad House, 2020
Watercolor on Paper
14 x 14 in
Quarantine and isolation have grown to be words that may be uncomfortable for many in our mobile society. But, when viewed as a positive, the nature of being in the studio allows for self-reflection and development of one’s craft without the normal distractions of everyday life. In my case, the quarantine has not altered my life much other than the temporary closures of galleries and suppliers. I am still here in the studio every day, and I have enjoyed the personal journey in my surroundings and continue to develop my artwork. Some may view the snow and the stone house in my painting as cold, desolate, lonely, and isolated. But I see it as a warm cozy place to hunker down with family while the blizzard of the current situation is raging in the world. This charming stone building, c.1726, was the home of John Chad--ferryman, farmer, and tavern-keeper for whom Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, was named. Now restored, it is located along Creek Road in Chester County's Brandywine River Valley.