Pearle Northrop

Artist Statement
It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I started taking what I do seriously and it took even longer to consider myself an artist. I love to paint whatever I can get my hands on from things as small as a Scrabble® piece to as big as a dresser and hopefully even bigger someday. Whatever it is I will paint it. I love transforming trash into treasure literally. Imagine that a chair that came from a dumpster (2006) made it into a museum (2009). It blows me away to think that something I did creates a sense of awe in a viewer’s eye.
I was talking to a friend a few years back about my love for furniture, my relationship with chairs in particular. There was a chair that I found discarded and ultimately forgotten. I came upon this chair accidentally. I wasn't looking for a relationship. Anyway, the chair was a very handsome chair with so many things to look at. His back was decorative; his arms were long and lean. His legs...I have never seen such beautiful legs. But he was beaten down. His self-esteem had long been worn out. His seat, which was repeatedly upholstered over years, was torn and faded. His stuffing was busting out revealing his age and loss of pride. Me, being a care taker and rescuer of sorts....picked up the chair and brought it home. He sat at the top of the stairs for a few weeks in a corner. My friends however saw this chair and commented on how ugly he was. They wondered why I had him in my home commenting on how dirty he was and how unattractive he was due to the years of neglect. I ignored them and kept him around. Finally one day I decided to put him on my coffee table and take the layers of cloth and wool stuffing off of his seat. Then I cleaned him, primed him and painted him black. Three months later I sat back and looked at him and this is what I saw.....A chair, a man restored...but not only restored but given a whole new purpose. He was beautiful again. He was unique and wonderful....The same chair that my friends were grossed out now a chair that they ask permission to touch. Amazing.....One thing is for certain...NOTHING STAYS THE SAME! Change is inevitable and what is ugly or dirty or discarded as trash can be saved, can be rescued and can be made shinier than new!
Taking discarded forgotten pieces and giving them their self-esteem back is a passion for me. Living in a world where we discard things so easily I’d like to think I am making an itty bitty difference.
Pearle Northrop

Saturday, February 19, 2011

♡ Awe! Thank you! Thank You! ♡

Thanks to a wonderful donation I was able to get Reagan Ballet shoes, tights and a leotard. Thank you so much.
Raising this little girl the best I know how by myself....and my village! I just know that I can't do it all by myself. I live in a fantastic supportive town in Massachusetts.
Reagan goes to The Childrens Dance Theater which is run by an amazing woman/instructor Carol Sereda.
Click here: childrens dance theater Thanks to Carols love of dance and teaching...I have been able to keep Reagan's Dream of dance going.

I also want to mention Kids Connect which is an amazing program. Reagan is able to receive Free Tutoring services for Math through this program run by Deb Sayre: Click for Kids Connect

I really appreciate the help I get from my Village...I do!
I am a single struggling is my Village that makes it a bit easier! ♥

I am not raising a child....I am raising a future adult! 
Since we have been down the 2nd parent we are barely afloat. I am keeping this ship from sinking by working really hard trying to get My name out there and my work. My New Etsy shop is an obsession now. I hope I can keep it going...
I have accepted that if I am going to do this (everything life requires) I need to throw caution to the wind and dive in....Reagan and I work really hard creating because as I see it it is through our crations that we will stay afloat. Dreaming...can become a reality!
Sorry...I was overwhelmed w/ gratitude due to a lovely donation which made it so Reagan didn't have to wear her old dance clothes but actually got NEW ones which is such a treat!


  1. I'm smiling right now... By the way, that photo on your sidebar of you and Reagan is fabulous. :)

  2. Thank you! I held the camera in front of our faces and snapped. I think it is pretty great. ♥

  3. WOW !!! I really, really LOVE your blog!!! You are amazing my dear!!!