The Ulrich Farm Series
The story begins with the painting, Two Paths. After posting it to Facebook, the painting received a lot of attention. It turned out that this farm had special memories for a large extended family. Several relatives purchased prints of the painting and one person inquired if I painted other barns in the surrounding area. I told her of my passion for the local farms and she mentioned her relative had an old farm up the road, on Hill Rd. "Just drive down the farm lane and introduce yourself to Aunt Lollie," she said. And so I did, one June morning in 2016. And that was the beginning of a special friendship with Laura Ulrich, aka Aunt Lollie.
Since that day, I have had the honor and the privilege to come to know Laura and learn of her farm's heritage and history. She has been so gracious and allowed me to explore and paint in and around the vast farm with all it's barns and outbuildings. It's a special place with an even more special story.
A story of an immigrant couple with children in tow, searching for a farm of their own, a place that fulfilled lifelong dreams. A place in the country to raise their children and provide for their family. August and Bertha Ulrich arrived on this Bedminster farm in 1921. And for the next 24 years they raised a family and farmed the land. After August's death in 1945, Bertha continued the farm with the help of her sons, Edward, Daniel and Raymond.
Laura Ulrich came to the farm in 1953 as a young bride to Raymond and went from city girl to farm wife overnight. She continues to live on the farm and the land is tended with the help of her son and another farmer, a man who came to the Ulrich farm as a young lad from Philadephia. Jack Shannon dreamt of farming from the time he can remember and came to stay on the Ulrich Farm during the summers learning the trade. Today, Jack has an expansive farm of his own. This is just one of the many stories. There are countless more.
I cherish my days painting on this farm and visiting with Laura. She has become such a special person in my life and I am forever grateful.
The first special exhibition of these paintings was in 2017 - an exhibit to benefit the Land Trust of Bucks County (formerly named Bedminster Land Conservancy) which helped Laura fulfill her dream in preserving this farm. Click here for details!