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I love cars from the 50s. The curves, the fenders, the chrome. They are just so cool! I was out front of our Antique mall and saw this neat car. It fit well with the building, that used to be a supermarket. The reflections and light in the windows were great. It needed to be a painting!

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I love old buildings. It is great when empty buildings in town find new life and new uses.  This is a great example. 

The Table is a trendy eatery that serves nice salads and sandwiches in Asheboro. I love the open feeling, and all of the light. They have made this old building beautiful again!

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Today I was ready to paint. I had a short amount of time, an old canvas, and not in the middle of any projects, so I thought I would do an abstract. I wanted to keep the colors simple, basically monochrome, but with a pop of contrasting color. It was theraputic to do this painting.

Painting has been therapy for me ever since college. It is sure a lot cheaper than seeing a shrink, and I feel better after I do it.  I enjoy the challenge of a detailed landscape, but sometimes I just need the freedom of painting abstractly.

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I am always happy to have a commission. They are a challenge, and can lead to paintings that stretch my repertoire.

This is a fun commission. A father hired me to paint his daughter’s favorite pub. We decided to do a twilight scene. This pub is in the cool town of Sylva, NC.

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I love driving the back roads. You get a real feel for the place you are in when you leave the main thoroughfare, leave the chain restaurants and hotels, and get into the back woods. The Story Inn is one of those places. My Dad and I were out exploring Brown County, Indiana. We turned onto a little road off Highway 144, and around the corner saw this old country store, surrounded by woods. It has got a new lease on life as a restaurant and bed and breakfast, but they have kept the old feel the same. It is as if it was lost in time.  

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Rain is wonderful. When it is a hot muggy day, and a hard rainstorm comes through, the temperature drops, sometimes the humidity lessons, the world has had a drink, and everything is refreshed. This painting is of that moment when the rain is leaving, the sun is breaking out and everything feels better.

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I love rainy days. The world gets washed clean. Colors are richer, and everything is shiny.  The air smells fresh, and things are quiet and peaceful.  Rain brings water that renews and refreshes the earth, and causes everything to grow. 

This is a painting of Sylva, a cute mountain town in Western North Carolina. It is embraced by the Plott Balsam Mountains. This view from the courthouse is one of my favorites. I love the way the atmospheric perspective pushes the mountains off to the distance, and the one point linear perspective pushes the street back into the distance.  This was a fun painting!

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I love old courthouses.  Back before modernism, they were the jewel of the county.  They were the heart of the community.  As communities have grown, the courthouses have been replaced, due to lack of size and resources.  Luckily many of them are re purposed. This is the Jackson County Courthouse in North Carolina. It is now where the library is located.  The setting is beautiful, on a hill above the town of Sylva, surrounded by the Plott Balsam Mountains.

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