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Railroads were the life blood of manufacturing towns. Asheboro grew on the backs of the hosiery mills. The railroad came through town, taking the socks to the world to be sold. This is a painting of Sunset Street, looking east from where the railroad crosses the middle of town. 

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I think county courthouses are neat. Especially older ones with interesting architectural details. For example, in Greensburg, Indiana, there is a tree growing from the top of the courthouse. This painting is of the Randolph County Courthouse, in Asheboro. In front there is a war monument, and next to the courthouse, in an older building, is Lawyers Row. This is a painting of late afternoon, where the strong warm light makes everything glow.

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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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