Lenore De Pree has been a writer and a painter all her life, always reaching out to respond to the beauty and pain of the world in either words or color forms. Born in a Dutch community in Chicago, raised in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky where her parents took in 90 homeless children, and living in the Far East and Middle East with husband Gordon and their four children, Lenore has absorbed many rich influences into her work.
Writing and publishing steadily until 1981 (three books in New York and five in the Midwest) Lenore suddenly found herself in Saudi Arabia, where it seemed more advantageous to switch to visual art. She concentrated on researching and incorporating the ideas of Persian and Islamic art into an American form, carrying on that work when they returned to the United States, where she established an art gallery in the mountains of North Carolina.
In the fall of 2012, not having composed a book since the early eighties, the desire to write 47 Houses came on her like a firestorm. It was a story that had to be told! She began to write, dividing the material into sections of time and places in the world and stages of the journey. Given a thick notebook, a pack of pens, four soft pillows, an afghan, lots of candles, and a supportive husband and family, the story began to write itself. Scary things and funny things, love and fear and discovery...
De Pree did not use journals or diaries to record her journey. Her theory was if it is forgettable, forget it. If it has seared itself on your memory, tell it. Tell it until you laugh and cry yourself – and then share it.
That is what she has done.
47 Houses on the Long Journey Home.
While reading the story of "47 Houses on the long Journey Home" you will be aware of the presence of art; art in Hong Kong, art in Saudi Arabia, and the development of these world influences into a North Carolina American art leading into graphic design.
In order to make your reading experience more vivid, we are including a small "gallery" of this art. Unlike a story, which begins at the beginning and ends at the end, this "gallery" will begin with the present work, and trace it's way back into the sources which formed it.