For decades we’ve filled our homes with the classic, all-American music of icon and singer Dolly Parton. Now, we can also fill our homes with her art. In honor of Parton’s 50-year membership in the Grand Ole Opry—an American country music stage in Nashville—the country superstar has unveiled an eight-piece wall art collection, Dolly Parton: From the HeART, inspired by her most beloved songs. While Parton admits that her artistic expertise remains in music, the collection came together with help from artist David Diskin (also known for his Beatles x Crate & Barrel collection), who worked with Parton to interpret eight musical pieces on canvas. Parton, a distinguished philanthropist who's known for her extensive charity work, plans to donate a portion of proceeds to the Opry Trust Fund, which offers financial assistance to those in need within the industry.
Whether you’re a Dolly fanatic or not, these rockin’ pieces are worth checking out. Prices range from $99.99 to $129.99 and you can check out the full collection—which is available exclusively at Kirkland's—here.
In honor of her exciting new foray, we got the chance to catch up with Dolly Parton and learn more about her inspiration for the entire collection.
Museumvillage: Tell me a little bit about the collection. What inspired you to create it?
Dolly Parton: My collection with Kirkland’s is inspired by eight of my most beloved songs, and I was honored to work with David Diskin to bring these pieces to life. It’s an exciting new direction, and I love seeing songs that mean so much to me being turned into this beautiful artwork that will bring new life and inspiration to people’s homes.
The collection is extra special to me, as a part of the proceeds will benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which has a place in my heart. Its mission is to help those in the country music industry by offering financial assistance during their times of need.
ED: Fine art and music have so many interesting intersections. How did that help guide the collection?
DP: So much of my music is inspired by the mountains where I grew up—the colors in the sky, the trees, the wildflowers, the people—and I’ve always expressed those sights and sounds and memories through music. What’s special about this collection is that David has captured those elements visually for the very first time. For example, "The Seeker" shows the Smoky Mountain sky in the blues and pinks that I found so inspirational as a kid looking up and wondering what life is all about.
ED: Are there any artistic styles you really love? If so, how did you work with David to highlight them in this collection?
DP: My art is painting a picture through music. David paints his on canvas, and I just let him interpret the songs as he felt them when he was listening to them. I really do love what he came up with.
ED: What was it like collaborating with a fellow creative—from a completely different field—to develop art that reflected your own music?
DP: It was a new experience for me, and one that I truly loved! My fans are always telling me that my songs have such personal meanings for them, just like they do for me, and everyone takes a different meaning away from each song based on their own life experiences. It was so interesting to see my songs come to life on the canvas and see them through someone else’s eyes.
ED: What are you most excited about with this collection? Has it opened your eyes to the artistic process in any new ways?
DP: Well, I’m not painter and I never will be, but I do love seeing the interpretations of my songs through someone else’s eyes. I think art is the same way—people take different meanings from it, and they value it for what it means to them personally.
ED: Do you have a favorite piece from the collection?
DP: I literally can’t pick one because each one carries special meaning for me, just like each of my songs do.