1st Place Georgia Bloom 2009 2nd Place Covington Artfest 2009 3rd Place Madison Plein Air 2009 Merit Award Georgia Bloom 2010 Marietta Plein Air Finalist 2010 Honorable Mention Monroe County Artfest August 2011
Best Of Show Madison Plein Air 2011 Honorable Mention Georgia Bloom 2011 1st Place Conyers Ga. Annual Plein Air 2011 2nd Place Smith Gilbert Gardens Plein Air 2011 Finalist St. Simons 2012 Plein Air Merit Award 5th Annual Local's Show Greensboro, Ga.
Best Of Show Covington Artful Harvest 2014
Honorable Mention Artful Harvest 2015 3rd place Oct 2016 "Haunted" Stone Mountain, Ga. Bold Brush Top 15% November 2017
When I first saw this barn I didn't think much of it as a subject however the more I looked at it the more I began to sense a feeling from it. It took looking at it from about 8 different angles. When I saw this one with the open wall boards showing light from the back coming thru in the second opening, I knew that was it. Another interest and unique item about it is the light grey boards coming down from the upper level hole. I didn't like that at first cause it reminded me of a waterfall. Now what would a waterfall be doing coming out of a barn? However, I rationalized that it was part of the barns character. I have no idea why those particular boards under the hole are more like the side barn boards. I can only guess that at one time in the past they had to replace those boards under the hole and had some left over from the side and just used them giving no thought to trying to match up. Works for me I guess. .
This painting was inspired by a waterfall in Blue Ridge that for the most part, looks nothing like the painting. Just a few things about it really caught my eye and I worked the composition around those few elements.
This painting started out as a 9x12 with two cows on the right and one on the left. While working on it the thought entered my mind about a calf that was out exploring the field and returned to it's mom.
Available at Magnolia Gallery at Lake Oconee Village 706-454-5050 My friend and neighbor Bill Hodges has a beautiful home in Mansfield about 3 miles up the road from me on same street. His place has so many interesting subjects to paint. He is kind enough to allow us artists, starved for good scenes to paint, to barge in on his property and set up our easels. Thanks Bill.
This is a scene I drove by many times and finally got down to painting it. This one went thru many changes: The barn was empty so I add bales of hay inside. The ground was filled with yellow flowers but it was just too much so I cut them way back. The fence post had barbed wire but I didn't like it so I dded the square type which I feel added a lot to the composition. I also added the gate at far right and somewhat of a path into the barn.
This was from a photo taken by the wife of an old friend of mine. He sent it to me.I went thru a lot of changes on this one trying to make it work. Main problem was getting the fade out of the right side bldgs correct to show good distance by showing less detail and blending into the background trees somewhat. It pushes the last bldg back into the trees or gives that impression of additional depth I believe. Lots of water and a weird tree trunk made this one extra challenging in turning it into a nice painting. Could've left out the trunk but then it wouldn't be representative of that real view.
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I live in Mansfield, Ga. A small town app. 60 miles east of Atlanta. There's one caution light here. Very peaceful and quiet although the local Wal-Mart isn't that far away. I enjoy painting just about anything that makes a statement to me in one way or another. My favorite medium is oil. Most of the open field type paintings you see here are of fields , farms, etc, fairly close to where I live. A few are from my travels to Alaska, Yosemite, and North Carolina. A few are also from my imagination.