September 21st, 2014
Flue–cured tobacco barns were once found everywhere the crop was grown and are important in the heritage of the rural landscape of Southside Virginia. Many such barns were built after the Civil War, but some date back as far as the Revolutionary War.
Every tobacco barn in a field is unique for its importance in the memories and history of the families who once depended on it for their livelihood. Families came together and worked hard to raise tobacco for the benefit of each member, whether used for food, housing, or other family necessities, such as the children’s new shoes or clothes.
Sadly, the disappearing tobacco barns are slowly caving in and falling apart from lack of maintenance, now that they are no longer used. My painting, Fading Tobacco Barns, represents my love and respect for the heritage of these sadly fading barns, and the way of life they represent.
My grandfather was a tobacco farmer, and this painting portrays my memories of the barns on my grandfather’s farm. I feel each fading barn deserves to be remembered and preserved for its importance in the livelihood of the family, even if its preservation comes only in the form of a painting. Do you have personal memories of tobacco farming in your past?
"Fading Tobacco Barns", is an oil painting on cotton canvas measuring 16 X 8 inches, was completed in the spring of 2014. Acid free print were available shortly after.
January 28th, 2014
Santa in Afghanistan , an oil painting on cotton canvas, was completed in December of 2012. The original painting measuring 20 x 24 inches was released for prints on acid free paper the following winter.
The magic of Santa Claus, and the excitement his eminent arrival stirred, are among my fondest childhood memories. The wonder and joy he brought into our home has never been forgotten.
As an adult I continue to fantasize about Santa and his magic. Yearly, I paint Santa, not only to satisfy my own passion, but in the hope of sparking that same enthusiasm in a small child, somewhere.
Santa in Afghanistan was created for my youngest son, who serves in the United States National Guard. My painting portrays Santa standing in the snow of the mountainous country of Afghanistan, where so many of our military men have spent Christmas serving our country these past few years.
Dressed in the uniform of the United States Army with its universal camouflage pattern, and wearing the familiar back pack and ammunition, he represents an American soldier, and proudly carries the flag of the United States of America.
December 31st, 2013
Tulips , an oil painting on cotton canvas measuring 24 x 20 inches, was completed in the spring of 2010. Acid free prints were released in the fall of 2013.
My passion for gardening inspired me to gather a few tulips for painting. Tulips, spring-blooming perennials with lovely stems and showy blooms, are captured in my painting entitled Tulips.
I believe my composition of the long stem, its single elegant cupped flower, and the detail of the delicate petals makes an interesting style. The bulbous plants’ soft colors, some blooms fading and blending with the background, makes for an enchanting grouping of Tulips.
Tulips are not only grown in gardens, used as potted plants, or often displayed as fresh-cut flowers, but also make a beautiful subject in a painting.
December 30th, 2013
First Generation, an oil painting on cotton canvas measuring 24 x 18 inches, was completed in the fall of 2013. Acid free prints were released in the winter of 2013.
My appreciation for the first generation Camaro inspired me to capture some of the Chevrolet Camaros my husband and I have owned. In my painting, I chose the American Hay Barn for the classic cars haven.
The first Camaro, which I revealed in the first bay, was built in 1967. It became popular right from the start because it was affordable, fun and had style.
The center bay displays the 1968, which was very similar to the ‘67. The most distinctive change was the running lights, which were changed to the oval shape.
The ‘69, probably being the most popular of the first generation of Camaros, is in the last bay. The redesign of the grill and its muscular body made it the most eye-catching of all.
I depicted the American flag on the barn because the Camaro is cherished, collected, modified, restored, and raced, making it one of the most popular sports cars of America.
December 23rd, 2013
Kirkner Cabin is an oil painting on cotton canvas. The original, measuring 24 x 18 inches, was completed in the fall of 2013, followed shortly after with prints on acid free paper.
The structure is an historical log cabin built in the 1840’s. In the 1970’s the cabin was moved and reassembled alongside New River, America’s oldest river located in Hiwassee, Virginia. Many families have gathered around its stone fireplace over the years since, passing time and enjoying the simpler days.
In painting the charming old cabin in an Autumn setting, I have captured the appealing chestnut logs and other details of the building tucked in the splendor of Fall foliage, while the vibrant leaves are reflected in the river.
You, too, can journey back into history and breathe in the fresh mountain air. Come sit on Kirkner’s quaint porches and listen to the birds sing. Delight in the river fishing and kayaking, and go hiking, biking or horseback riding to explore the woodland and rejoice in its wildlife.
Experience the Kirkner Cabin’s relaxing atmosphere, today, by contacting New River Retreat in Draper, Virginia. They offer vacation getaways not only on New River, but on Claytor Lake, New River Trail and in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
December 14th, 2013
Autumn Path , an oil painting on cotton canvas measuring 18 x 24 inches, was completed in the autumn of 2013, with acid free prints released a few months later.
The winding narrow roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway are always so beautiful during the autumn. The parkway is one of America’s favorite drives overlooking the breathtaking scenery of the Virginia mountains. It was part of the New Deal in 1935, after the Great Depression, to build the parkway to put some Americans back to work. The Virginia mountains have more than 130 species of trees, giving the brilliant fall colors. Not only will you see the colorful foliage, but also the lush green pastures and valleys below. Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, furthermore, is a great way to experience Virginia’s southern hospitality with crafts, music, fantastic trails for hiking and biking. It also offers great outdoor activities, such as snow skiing, fishing, bird watching, and horseback riding. In my painting I captured the beautiful colors in the foliage and the sense of peace you experience during your amazing ride of Virginia’s winding narrow roads.
December 14th, 2013
Blue Snow is a 20 x 16 inch oil painting on cotton canvas. It was completed in February of 2013 and released for acid free prints in the fall of 2013.
I always fantasize of being on a sleigh ride whenever I hear “Jingle Bells”.
The painting of Blue Snow is a visualization of that fantasy, as I take that sleigh ride through New England’s beautiful snowy landscape. The magnificent horse is dashing across the sparkling moonlit snow while shadows are cast elsewhere by the light of the full moon.
Snuggled up with a thick blanket to warm me from the freezing temperatures, I’m laughing and singing, as the wind blows in my face, leaving my cheeks rosy and my nose tingling from the chill. But my heart is warmed by the thrill of the ride, and I know I will be coming home to my quaint little log cabin, all cozy with the heat of the potbelly stove.
I relax in the horse-drawn sleigh, listening to the swooshing sound made by the iron runner of the sleigh over the snow and the almost constant music of the sleigh bells against the still of the night. What a perfect way to delight in the holiday spirit on a magical Christmas Eve.
December 11th, 2013
Singing Santa, an oil painting on cotton canvas, was completed in December of 2013. The original painting measuring 16 x 20 inches was released for prints on acid free paper in time for Christmas.
One of my fondest childhood memories is the belief in the magic of Santa Claus. The fantasy and excitement in anticipating his arrival was almost more than a small southern girl could handle. The wonder and joy he brought into our home has never been forgotten.
As an adult I continue to fantasize about Santa and his magic. Yearly, I paint Santa not only to satisfy my passion, but hopefully to spark the enthusiasm in a child.
Singing Santa was modeled after a cousin who also enjoys the excitement in the children as they marvel over Santa’s arrival each Christmas.
In my painting, I thought it was fitting to characterize him playing his guitar, since he was raised in a family who delights in the joy and pleasure of music.
December 10th, 2013
Antioch , an oil painting on cotton canvas and measuring 16 X 20 inches, was completed in the autumn of 2012, with prints on acid free paper released a year later. I believe my painting of Antioch reflects the beauty of the historical building, set as it is among the large old trees in its front yard all covered in the colorful leaves of autumn.
So many of my memories have taken place in this southern rural church. The family church was constructed in 1857 in the eastern portion of Lunenburg County in Virginia, with the first congregation dating back to over 200 years ago.
I am a descendant of some of the early members of this old church, and connected to many others through the many intermarriages of the members over the ages. I attended the church, myself, whenever I visited my grandparents as a child, and then regularly with my parents while I was a teenager when we moved to Lunenburg County. I was married in this quaint white church many years ago.
Antioch was constructed with the typical features of other Southern churches built in the mid-1800s, such as a gallery with a separate entrance for the Negroes, and a division strip through the middle of the sanctuary with separate entrances for the male and female church members.
Later, a recessed pulpit, stained-glassed windows, a vestibule and classrooms were added, but the division strip and the original pews still remain. The churches cemetery is located behind the church where several of my ancestors and their family members are buried.
December 9th, 2013
Corn Crib is an oil painting on cotton canvas. The original, measuring 24 x 30 inches, was completed in the beginning of 2013. Prints on acid free paper, were released in the following autumn.
I was always interested in this primitive building nestled at the edge of the woods in southern Virginia. Through investigation I learned that it was a corn crib built by the land owner’s grandfather in the 1960’s. The planks used were cut from timber on the property, and the building was used to hold the dried corn to feed the horses and cows.
I thought the sun streaming through the trees, leaving shadows on the fresh fallen snow next to the rustic building was gorgeous. I wanted to capture that beauty and share it so others could enjoy it, too.
In the International Women Artist Competition, Corn Crib came in 2nd for Best Art Work for 2013 and was featured in the International Women Artist Group.