"The Caretaker's Lodge" - NEW - December 2015 - SOLD - Prints Available
"The Caretaker's Lodge"
Nestled in the beauty that is Southwest Virginia and somewhere along the Pigg River with Chestnut Mountain as the backdrop, quietly stands among the trees a log cabin known as "The Caretaker's Lodge".
"Victoria, Shall We Dance?" - NEW - September 2015 - Original and Prints Available
"Victoria, Shall We Dance?"
"Victoria, Shall We Dance?" is a drawing of a barn now owned by the Link family of Copper Hill, VA. It sits across the road from the old home used as the subject for "Waiting For Pop", another 2015 artwork by this artist. Clay Link, the barn's owner, stated that the upper loft of the barn has hard-wood flooring, ideal for the barn dances held every Friday night for Copper Hill and surrounding area residents. The barn comes alive as the glow of the lights in the loft once again illuminate the night.
Waiting For Pop - NEW - August 2015 - SOLD - Prints Available
"Waiting For Pop"
This old homestead was built around 1840 and is currently owned by relatives of the Link family. It stands quietly and mostly unnoticed on a curve near Copper Hill, VA. What is remarkable about this house is the ornate woodwork that adorns it. Clay Link mentioned that back in the early days, the "gingerbread" trim was built during the winter in preparation for construction to resume in the spring. The cat and dog on the porch stirs questions about who Pop is and when will he be home to take care of these two vigilant pets.
"The Barns of Ellis" - July 2015 - Original and Prints available
"The Barns of Ellis"
Not far from Rocky Mount, VA, and across the road from a beautiful Civil War-era home owned by the Ellis family stands this group of barns and sheds.
"Patriot Farm" - June 2014 - SOLD - Prints Available
“Patriot Farm”, so named for the American flag that it proudly flies, can be viewed by passersby as they travel south on Shawsville Pike from Elliston to Check, Virginia. The well cared-for barn will capture your attention as you approach it due to its natural weathering and well-groomed barnyard.
"A Quiet Place" - June 2013 - SOLD - Prints Available
"A Quiet Place"
Amongst the rust of the implements, the dust on the timbers, and the occasional sounds of the tin on the roof expanding from the summer heat, there still stands this quiet place. Where even in this barn’s greatest days, with sunlight streaming in through the cracks of the timbers, the sounds of the livestock having their morning feed was perhaps the only sound to be heard.
"Barn Full Of Memories" - SOLD - June 2013 - Prints Available
"Barn Full Of Memories"
Still standing after all that playtime and all those memories! As we grow, we build a lifetime of memories, and at some point down the paths we take, we sort through them, hanging on to as many of the details as we possibly can. Thus is the story of this old barn in Bedford, Virginia.
"Cow Came Home" - June 2013
"Cow Came Home"
This drawing was inspired by a large red barn near the town of Floyd, VA. The angle of the sunlight changes the dull red paint to a brighter more vivid color causing bluish-purple shadows around the lower walls of this old barn. One lone cow meanders home in the distance.
"Relaxing on the Porch Swing" - January 2011 - SOLD - Prints Available
"Relaxing on the Porch Swing"
"Relaxing on the Porch Swing" is an original watercolor of an old home found in Bedford, Va. This is the second watercolor using this home as the subject. This original painting was auctioned at the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing's live and silent auction in Richmond, Va. You can visit the website athttp://www.bsmcon.edu/Proceeds went to the nursing student's "Call To Serve" mission trip. See this link for details: http://www.bsmcon.edu/about-us-student-mission-trip.html
"Pete's Uncle's Place" - December 2010 - SOLD - Prints Available
"Pete's Uncle's Place"
This is the first original watercolor of this old two-story Bedford Virginia home. This fall scene attempts to capture the colors reflected in the change of seasons.
"Morris Vest Barn" - November 2013 - SOLD - Prints Available
"Morris Vest Barn"
This barn is located on Booth Creek Road just about a half mile from State Route 221 in Floyd County, Va. The barn is part of the old home place of Morris Vest, an early resident of Floyd County. Located just across the road from this barn is the original Morris Vest home. Standing proudly beside the road for many years, this barn still serves the current owner and descendant of Morris, Mr. James Vest.
This painting is a 16" x 19" watercolor.
"George Shelor's Cabin" - February 2009 - SOLD - Prints Available
"George Shelor's Cabin"
I met George Shelor at the Floyd Country Store during a Saturday drawing session. George invited me to take a tour of his property and take photos of a couple of old buildings that were on the property. After climbing a fence or two, crossing a stream and hiking up a hill, there sat this old log home right at the top of the hill under a battered old apple tree. George had watched over the old structure by fixing the roof when the wind blew it off and propping up the logs when they could no longer support the corners. I drew the old homestead and called it "George Shelor's Cabin". I gave the original drawing to George for his generosity in sharing the buildings of his farm with me.
"Moonshine Memories" - October 2007 - SOLD - Prints Available
I found this old log barn near Stage Coach Road in Floyd County, Virginia. Still standing after enduring many years of wind, rain, and snow along the Blue Ridge Parkway, I used this barn as the focal point of a scene that will be used in the Dawsonville Mountain Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia. The original drawing was shipped to Dawsonville to Bill Eggert of Mason Dixon Screen Printing & Embroidery. Bill used the image used on shirts for the Festival.
The old barn is reminiscent of the days when moonshine whisky was transported through the North Georgia mountains during the days of prohibition. Tucked in the right side of the barn is a 1940 Ford Coupe, one of the cars of choice used for running moonshine. On the other side of the barn are the remnants of an old moonshine still. These relics represent two of the icons of the prohibition days.