Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Examples of traditional fine art appear at the annual CLF fundraising auction only occasionally. For this year’s event, artist Maria Freed has contributed a lovely original painting for the benefit of the Contemporary Longrifle Association.

            Freed’s original painting, Heart of the Hearth, pays homage to the traditional center of family life. “Unfocus for a moment,” explains the artist, “and you can notice the heart shape formed by the pattern of light within the painting. The heart of the home has long been known as the kitchen, with women being the traditional tenders of the hearth. The true heart of the hearth is the very woman who shines her own light and tends the fires of home and family. Without the heart, there is no warmth.” 

Based on a reference photo by Ken Giorlando, the painting is executed in watercolors, a transparent medium that offers little room for mistakes. But after applying about a dozen layers of paint, Freed succeeded in producing a delightful work of art that successfully captures the warmth of home. The creative process, she observes, was “So hard to commit to, but once I got rolling, nothing could stop me.”

Painted with professional grade watercolors on 100% cotton rag paper, this work of art is protected by UV-blocking plexiglass glazing and surrounded by an acid-free archival mat. Measuring 11” x 15”, this exceptional painting comes framed and ready to hang, ensuring the Heart of the Hearth will become a treasured family heirloom for generations to come.  

For more information on the work of Maria Freed, contact the artist directly at:

Copy by Joshua Shepherd
Photography by H. David Wright

To see all the Artists' contributions to the 2020 CLF Live Fund Raising Auction, visit our website at http://www.contemporarylongriflefoundation.org/2020-live-auction/

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