Where Is Home? by Patricia Raible

"Away," 14" x 11", Mixed media collage

"Away," 14" x 11", Mixed media collage

Sometimes home is the place where we live physically, where we earn our living, where our children play in the park, where we walk our dog. Other times “home”  is another physical location, somewhere else—away. Because to be home we must find solace. It must stir our heart.

Some of us have several homes, though similar. Don’t get me wrong. I love the house I share with family, but the place that gives me solace is nature: the mountains, the rivers, the fields, the marshes, the ocean. I think I am made of a bit of it all. I breathe it in and become part of it.

“Away” was inspired by a trip to the barrier islands of the Carolinas.