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Maria Cherry Gallery

​​ H.R. LOVELL

Southern American Realism

Scrapbook

From time to time we will be adding photos of some of the people and places we've met along this artistic journey. It will indeed be a scrapbook from the early years until now and will updated regulary. The photos will just be random photos and in no certain sequence or time table......but meaningful in helping to understand where some of the subjects and subject matter in the paintings come from........as most every painting has a time and place and a reason for being..........stay tuned!

Me relaxing and taking a break while painting on the egg tempra "Lost InThe Blues" at our gallery in Charlotte, Tn. It was eight months from start to finish..........one of my larger tempras ...image size being 48 in x 48 in...... 6 ft by 6 ft framed.



Outside the H. R. Lovell Gallery 2/2/2011



California Jack sitting on the porch of the gallery in his favorite rocker. Jack has been a fixture at the gallery since we've been there in 1998. Anything we need, Jack can either make it or find it. His family moved to California during the great depression.....he still has lots of family there. His wife Donna was one of my first art students. 2/2/2011



Inside the gallery in the afternoon. "Lost in The Blues" and "Allen House" hang in the background on loan from the Horner Collection.  



Olivia making some adjustments on my face with my new fan-tail brush.



Olivia with two of her latest creations shrinkwrapped and ready to be framed. On this piece she used the splatter technique which I use a lot. When asked how she learned this..........She replied, " I saw you do it". She's learning all the tricks of the trade....gonna be quiet an artist. I'll have to stay on my toes to stay ahead of her at the rate she's learning!



A shot from inside the gallery window.......downtown Charlotte outside.



Shadows from the afternoon sun coming through the gallery.



Another photo inside the gallery with "Allen House" (from the Horner Collection) and "Lost In The Blues" hanging in the background.



 Looking inside through the gallery window at night.



"Red, White and Blue" from the Horner collection sitting in the gallery floor awaiting to be reframed. It was one of my first egg tempras...measuring 5ft long.



This was my dearest friend Harry Horner who passed away just a few years ago. He owned the largest collection of my original works.....around 41 in all including studies and pencil drawings. A lot of them being featured on this site. The colletion now belongs to his son Quinton and daughter, Jenny.....both great friends. Harry's wisdom was unequaled....always offering advice if I needed it. He would often stop by my studio at home where I painted before opening the gallery in Charlotte.......to see what I was painting on. He was always a little irritated that my coffee pot didn't always keep the coffee as warm as he liked it......so one day he came in with a new state of the art coffee pot and about one ton of coffee saying....."now when I come by we'll have hot coffee". When we had an opening or show at the gallery, he would always cater the food......an excellent cook as well as engineer. Maria and I miss him dearly. What a great man and friend.



Our friend Ryan Stack who played two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.......later went on and played over seas finishing his career playing for the Greek national team. Ryan is 7ft tall and played his college ball at University of South Carolina where he was on the 1997 SEC championship team. He comes from a long line of basketball pllayers. I played with his dad and uncles back in my younger days. His mother , too, was an allstar player. I did the "Johnston Bros. Ranch " painting for him........which is on the site. It was for his grandfather who owned the ranch in Texas. I also did a painting of him in his playing days at South Carolina called "The Stack Attack" which is not on the site but hangs at a local high school in the art department.



Mario Pasin standing in front of the painting, "Traditions" which hangs in the lobby of the Radio Flyer Company in Chicago, Ill. I did the pai nting in 1993. Mario was CEO and owner of the the company, along with his brother Antonio Pasin. Their dad started the company back in the early 1920"s. Now the oldest toy company in the U.S. is run by his son Robert. Mario is still associated with the company in the copyright department. He saw a painting I did called "Best Friends" which had a Radio Flyer wagon in it.........contacted me about the purchase of it, but it had already been sold. So we decided on an updated version using the most popular wagon, the model 20 , in it and since the little red coaster wagon is an American tradition, I named the painting "Traditions". Mario told me that his dad would have really been proud of this painting as it represented everything that

his company stood for. I have a personally signed model 20 by Mario that I'm really proud of............the only one that he ever signed. I still talk to him often.



Willy Speight and I standing in front of the original painting "Washington Blue". Maria and Willy came up with the idea of framing it with old car and truck parts including parts of my dad's old A-model (tail light and cowl light). Willy executed the idea into reality with perfection as he always does. Quite a unique frame as I've never seen anything like it.



The frame as it was being made.....shown here as the truck running boards which make up the outer frame are being painted.



Photo of "Washington Blue" hanging at the gallery during the opening show for it.......complete with Texaco gas pump.






Top photo of my dad and his old A-model run-about which I still drive around the farm today......my dad bought it new in 1931 and kept it all those years.......as time eventually took it's tole on it, dad converted it into a truck run-about. The cowl light and tail light were used in the framing of "Washington Blue". I think dad would be proud that I put them to good use. I lost the left cowl light somewhere on the farm.....probably hit a bush or tree limb......I never found it.



A photo of the giclee' reproduction "The Shining" framed with lots of chrome diamond plate and hex head bolts........ complete with an original Harley Davidson emblem.



A photo of Willy's classic limousine.....a 1964 Olds sitting in front of the H.R. Lovell Gallery in Charlotte ,Tn. In the background you can see the old jail built in 1834 featured in the paintings "South Over Charlotte" and "Full Moon Over Charlotte".



This is an old photo taken in the late 1800's or early 1900's on the square in Charlotte. If you look closely in the background you can see our gallery, at that time, the Mallory and Leech Hardware

store. You can see it as it looks now in the photo above with the limo. Historic Chartlotte, Tn really has not changed that much although the road around the square is much better now!



I found this detail photo of "Plumeria Sun" as it was being painted. Gives a person a good sense of the detail involved in some paintings. As you can see, some of the flowers are unfinished as well as the basket handle shadow. I spent one month painting on the basket and flowers alone.



R.C. Gorman

The thiry years of paintings on this site would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of my longtime friend and artist R. C. Gorman. I was a Tennessee farmer and newcomer to the world of art.......having painted all of six paintings over a two year period. These two years spent trying to figure out how to paint with watercolor. In 1980 through a childhood friend who had purchased my second painting and showed it to Gorman..........I recieved a call inviting me to bring my work and show with him at his gallery The Navajo Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque. Not knowing him or anything about art other than had just been on the NBC Today show.....I loaded my six paintings up in my car and headed west. It was the beginning of my career, my first show. We hit it off immediately and I sold all six paintings. I will never forget the friendship and encouragement he gave me through the years. I visited and stayed with him again in 1996 again at his home in Taos, New Mexico. We remained in contact until his death in 2005. He always believed in me and I'm sure he would be proud of this website and my dedication to my art. Many thanks, R.C.



State Senator Doug Jackson and I standing in front of the painting "The Veteran", at our gallery in Charlotte, Tn.



Moses sitting in his swing at his home in Petersburg, Tn.



Moses in deep thought as we talked on his front porch. April of 1987. I finished the painting in April of 1988.



Mariah on the beach in Florida.......holding up the sun. This is on the same day and beach where I painted the egg tempra "Mariah" which is on the site. I think one of my best if not the best painting I've ever done. I wanted to capture her serene mood in the painting and I think I did that. This is Mariah.



Mariah on vaction in Europe. Her hair always seems to catch the sunlight....as in the painting "Mariah"



This is the last photo taken of Buddy Holly at the Surf Ballroom in Clearlake, Iowa. My friend Tommy Alsup (playing guitar in background) was one of the original members of the Crickets. He also played with the other bands that night..........Ritchie Valens, Dion and the Belmonts and J. P Richardson (the big bopper). A lady who was a teenager at the time took the pictures but did not find the undeveloped film until 2002 when she took the film to be developed not knowing what was on them. Since Tommy is one of the last living members of the Crickets, she thought that he should have them. There are also photos of the other bands that played that night. Tommy gave me these copies as he had just used the image of my "By The Book" painting on his CD cover of "Tommy Alsups Gospel Instrumental" album. Another friend of ours, Ken Harvey, had a career change in the next few days. He and some other musicians formed a band to complete the tour in place of Buddy Holly who was killed in the plane crash along with Dion, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson. That band would be Bobby Vee and the Shadows. Ken lives in Charlotte and is a regular

visitor to the gallery where we drink coffee and talk rock and roll trivia. He's a wealth of knowledge on that subject.



My dear friend and long time collector of my work, Mr. Jones standing in front of Janice and Rose......two of his approximate twenty seven original works of mine. His collection spans the full thirty three years of my career. 



Olivia and I getting some work done at the gallery.



Janice with her big smile at her home in Kentucky



The crew....Janice, Olivia, Rose and Noah on the farm having fun on the wagon pulled by Star, their little pony.



This is Helena, Janice and Rose's mom on their porch slicing peaches with Maria's oldest son Gabriel (on the glider) Noah...Maria's second oldest looking on.



Rose Ellen and Noah sitting on Rose's horse (not seen

in the photo)



Rose on her horse, Star , riding on their farm near Scottsville, Kentucky. Rose does all the hookups to the wagon and puts the saddle on by herself.



 Janice, Olivia and Rose in their little pony driven wagon on their farm in Kentucky. Olivia is the daughter of Maria, my business partner. She is five years old at the time of this photo. A painting of her is on the site titled "Olivia". At the time of painting, Olivia was around ten months old.



Janice and Rose on the porch of their mother's candle shop playing with "King", their dog. These are some of the photos I used in the paintings of the two sisters. I see them often and it's always a treat and adventure. This photo was taken about a year ago.



Maria in fron of "Abandoned In Place" at the reception at James-Ben Gallery in Franklin, Tn. where the Tennessee Artist In Residence ceremony took place. Later that month Maria and I both appeared at the State Senate and Legislature to be recognized....quite an honor we felt.



Me, record producer Don Light and his friend Rebecca at the same reception. Don and I have been friends for a long time. He owns several of my original paintings and also owned the wagon used in the painting "Abandoned In Place". Don is an icon in the country music industry.



Me doing a demonstration of egg tempra to the art students at the CharlotteMiddle School in Charlotte, Tn. where our Gallery is located. The painting I was working on at the time was "Sunset Over Scottsville." The year about 2005.



This is a photo I took of Anne Marie at her produce stand near Scottsville, Kentucky. I bought produce from her for about two years before I had courage enought to ask her if I could do a portrait of her. I did two...a watercolor study and an egg tempra titled "Anne Marie". She is now twenty two and a school teacher in the Menonite community. This photo was taken about 2001.        



Olivia at the age of four visiting a state park..



Photo of Theodore sitting in his favorite spot. This was the pose I used to paint him. He was a fixture at this old store front. That end of the bench always belonged to him.



Pretty intense here......The number... 2 shouldn't be that hard to paint!   




A picture of me painting the numbers on Paul Newman's Can Am race car about 1967 when I was about 19 years old. The car had caught on fire at Watkins Glenn race track and was driven by a friend of mine, Jerry Smith. While visiting his mom who still lived near me.....they needed someone to repaint the numbers on the car before going on to Road Atlanta. Enter me.....the car crazy teenager. His brother Wayne knew I had some artistic ability as I had been helping him on a commercial which included cars. I was so facinated with the aluminum big block chevy engine, that I acquired one for my dragster which I started building a couple of years later. Those were fun days. I was skinny and had lots of hair........and had no idea what I was going to do in life other than build dragsters and race cars. Times change. I still love and miss drag racing to this day.


This is a copy of the deed Sam Houston signed to my great-great grandfather, George Sugg Allen in 1826. They gave eighteen cents for eighteen acres. The original house still stands and can be seen on the site in "Allen House". That was the way the house looked when I painted it back in the early 1990's. Mrs. Annie Lou Allen was the last Allen to live there. "Moonstrck" was also painted there in one of the upstairs rooms. The farm is now a subdivision but the original house still stands but has been remodeled and does not look the same. Below is a detail shot of Sam Houston's signature. You can see where he punched a hole in the deed with his quil pen while crossing the T in Houston. We have the original deed on display at the gallery in Charlotte, Tn.




This is a photo of the frame on "Washington Blue". It is framed in car and truck parts. The cowl light which is wired with a halogen bulb and lights the painting...is from my dad's old A-Model which he made into a truck and drove around our farm for years. I still drive it to this day. It is turned on by a switch in his old tail light...which lights both of them up and also acts as a plug. The main frame is made of truck running boards which we purchased from someone. not sure of the truck vintage but around early 1940's. Inside each corner of the frame is a replica A-Model hubcap. The matte itself is 20 gauge sheet metal and is painted the color of the 1931 A-Model roadster....Washington Blue. The nameplate consist of the Ford nameplate from dad's old A-Model radiator. A kind of unique frame I think.....My dad  would have been proud that I put his lights to good use!


 Photo taken from the Doak house where I've painted several paintings.....including "Ladderback", "Black Eyed Susans", and "Doak's Hallway among others. The Doak house still stands today. The farm adjoins my farm on the upper part of Sam's creek. We also cut the hay on the farm. The light and shadows are incredible there at certain

times of the day.


Our friend, Ken Harvey in his days as guitar player in Bobby Vee's band. Ken has a long list

of singers and musicians he's played with such as Bobby Keys (Rolling Stones) Brian Hiland, Gene Pitney , Dottie West, Kenny Rogers and a long list of others. Ken has been

coming into the gallery since we opened in 1998. Maria and I feel lucky to have Ken as a friend

and also Ken makes a mean pot of chili.....seasoned to your preference! What a guy!

"Nina"

Our friend, Tricia Cast, whom most everyone recognizes as "Nina" on the tv soap opera "The Young and The Restless". I met Tricia a few years ago when she and her husband, Bat McGrath, moved to Tennessee. They li ve right over the hill from me on what was once part of my great great grandfather's farm..... which can be seen in my paintings around the Allen House. They visit Lakeview market, the little country store my cousin runs, quiet often when they are on the

farm and not filming in L.A. Bat is a great songwriter and musician with some great hits. Tricia and Bat are great friends and have made frequent visits to our gallery in Charlotte..........always inquiring on what I'm painting on at the time. We have a lot in common that we both like Vanderbilt athletics and get together when we can to catch a game live or on t.v. Tricia makes a great bowl of chili. It was funny.......one day a couple of years back, Tricia and Bat were at the gallery when some other visitors were there............right after they left, one lady said ......"that girl looks just like the one who plays Nina on the Young and Restless" we got a big laugh out of that and told the lady that it was her........she liked to have fainted!!


UPdate 5/11/2011 Just received an email from Bat..... Tricia just received an EMMY nomination as BestSupporting Actress for her role as "Nina"


Way to go Tricia!! As Bat said ......" not bad for a Tennessee girl who grows the best tomatoes in Cheatham County!"



Randy Travis

I met Randy back in the late 1980's. He had bought a couple of my early prints and I was comissioned to paint his log home which was about 10 miles from my home in Cheatham county. He also came to Lakeview Market often and had some country cooking. I was invited to his Christmas party where he gave me a special edition jacket which he presented to his band and crew commemorating his world tour. Randy is a real down to earth person and will always sit down

and talk . He sold his house in Cheatham county........but still might have some property interest here. I know he was real proud that he had a horse he had gotten from Roy Rogers that was a direct decendent of Trigger. He had quiet a collection of Roy Rogers memorabilia. I also have a a couple of signed albums he gave me which I'm quiet proud of..........one with the hit "Digging up Bones". One of my favorites.



"Mel Tillis"

I met Mel in about 1985, when a former band member who had a farm nearby wanted to show him some of my artwork. I had been painting about six years at the time and was getting ready to set a show up at the Dillingham Gallery in Nashville. I had taken all the paintings to the gallery and had them sitting around on the floor ready to be hung. Knowing Mel wasn't going to be in town long............I went back and retrieved the paintings from Dillinghams. I took them to Mel's farm ......which was only a few miles from mine, where he was getting ready to build a new log home. After meeting him and bringing the paintings in............he said "I want them all". That was easy enough. I was pretty stoked about that.........but I had to call Dillingham Gallery and tell them that I wouldn't be bringing them back......so they had to cancel the show. Mel and his wife Judy became good friends over the next few years. Mel comissioned me to paint his new log home. I did this even before it was finished as he wanted it for his open house. He told me what the windows and fence was going to look like so I painted them in sight unseen. A couple of years later he comissioned me to paint a portrait of Burl Ives, whom he was doing a movie with called "Uphill All The Way". He called me at 2am in the morning and asked me what I was doing............I told them that actually I was asleep. He then asked me if I could come down to the house.............I replied that I would be there first thing in morning. He said " I really need you to come now, I have something I want to show you." So I headed to Mel's at about 2:15am. After arriving he gave me a photo of Burl and said "Can you paint this?" I replied and said I was pretty sure that I could. His next question "Can you paint it in four days?" I told him I would give

it my best but with no guarantees. This on an early Monday morning and they were leaving on Thursday of the same week. I got back home around 4:00 am and sketched it out. Not knowing if I had the likeness exactly right, I drove it down to Lakeview Market which opened at 5:00 am , and asked my cousin, the owner, who the sketch looked like.........he said "It's either Santa Clause or Burl Ives." that was all I needed to hear. I went home, worked day and night and finished the painting and had it framed by that Thursday moring. Mel was excited. It was a gift to Burl. Burl called me a few days later and told me it was the best portrait ever done of him. I will post the portrait of him on the site as soon as I can find a slide I took of it when painted. All the originals except one burnt up when Mel's house caught fire and burned to the ground a few years later. I do have a few crude photos of some of them. Mel was a good friend and ifI needed to borrow a painting, Judy and he were always willing to let me keep them as long as needed. When interviewed by the news right after the fire Mel mentioned that he had managed to get two ofhis most important

possesions out.........a fiddle given to him by one of the founders of the Grand Ole Opry and a copy of the Burl Ives painting I had given him. While visiting his home one day, I gave Judy a copy of my latest painting which was "The Veteran". An 8 x 10 framed copy, Judy sat it on top of the refrigerator. When Mel came home off the road in the early morning hours..........he woke Judy up saying "Is that one of Harold's paintings?" She replied it was and I had just dropped it off that day. He told her to "Call Harold tomorrow and buy it........don' t come home without it." Judy did call me the next day and repeated the above. I told her it wasn't for sale as I had just finished it and might want to show it some as I thought it was a pretty special painting. She said "You know Mel's gonna kill me if I don't bring it home!" We got a good laugh out of that. He bought more paintings over the years but I still have "The Veteran" it just was'nt the time.........I knew it was my best and probably still is.



"Burl Ives"

This is a portrait of Burl Ives I did for Mel Tillis back in the late 1980's. The story of how it come about is in the above text under about Mel. Basically I did it for Mel while he and Burl were in Texas filming the movie "Uphill All The Way". He presented it to Burl as a gift while the filming was in progress. I never met Burl, but he did call me soon after recieving the painting and told me it was the best portrait ever done of him. I was flattered. I did the painting working day and night to meet a deadline, in four days. I don't think I've ever painted anything that quick since then. It was just one of those paintings that everything just worked......didn't spend a lot of time erasing and redrawing on this one. I retreived this image from an old slide , and the only slide that exist from the painting. This in a time before digital imaging........and for the most part, if there wasn't a photo or slide made, I didn't keep any records of some of my earliest paintings.  



The greatest thing about being an artist is all the people I've met over the years. This is John Wayne's eldest son Micheal. I met him at the Colors Of The Heartland art show back in 1984, in St. Paul , Minnesota. He purchased a print from me and when I asked him if he would mind me getting a picture taken with him.......his reply was "Sure thing, fella" sounded just like his dad! I felt like I was in a western movie!



Back a few years ago.......a couple walked in the gallery in

Charlotte. She introduced herself as Dee Eddy and her

husband, Duane. My head was rolling and I finally said to

her ...."There used to be a pretty good guitar player with

that name". She replied "You just shook his hand". I was

in shock............Duane Eddy had been my teenage idol since

his early days on American Bandstand. He is one of the

greatest guitar players of all times. He was inducted into the

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. A lot of his songs were

used years later in the movie Forrest Gump. I wanted his

autograph so I picked up the first thing I could find which was a

pencil study of the soon to be watercolor "Apples". They

stayed an hour or two and we sat on the gallery porch in our

rockers and talked early rock and roll history and what he had

been doing in his later years. I cherish that autograph as much

as anything I own. What a day!



I am really proud of this letter from Mario Pasin, then owner of the Radio Flyer company. You have that feeling of satisfaction when someone tells you that you've captured what they are looking for in a painting. Mario turned the company over to his sons a few years ago but is still inivolved in the operations. I really treasure this letter and decided to share it on the scrapbook page. The painting he was  egarding to was "Traditions". The "Best Friend" painting he mentioned was a painting of my old Radio Special wagon I had when I was a kid. I painted it back in the early 1980's and Leaning Tree Greeting Card Company published it as a greeting card. Someone sent Mario a

card with that image on it and he contacted me and that's the way the updated version called "Traditions" with their model 20 wagon came about.



Especially proud of this box of Wheaties! I had the opportunity to paint a portrait of her son, Tyler a few years ago. Pat is a fellow Cheatham County native and the winningest college basketball coach of all times . In my younger days I played a lot of basketball with and against her brothers ......they were all great players, too. Her brother, Tommy, was an all OVC player at Austin Peay State University and I think still holds the all-time rebounding record in the conference.



While looking through some old photos, I found this painting I did back in 1978. It is one of the probably less than 20 paintings that I do not know the whereabouts or who owns them. It was one of the paintings that sold at the show with R.C. Gorman back in 1980. I do believe the people who bought it lived in California. So if anyone recognizes this painting, please get in touch....would like to hear from you. The title of the painting was "Clinards Crib" . It was the old corn crib on my neigbor's farm, Mr. Clinard. ....which actually was part of my dad's old home place. It was one of the first watercolors I ever did. To the best of my knowledge, the photo is pretty accurate in color and is the only photo of it that I know exist. When Gorman's gallery changed hands in the later years, the records of who bought the paintings I sold there got lost. 



Another photo I found of my old dragster "Rat Patrol" named after the big block chevy engines which were referred to as rat motors. I fell in love with the 427 aluminum block chevy engine that was in the Paul Newman can-am car that I painted the numbers on.....so I purchased one for this car, too. It was almost ready for the strip when this photo was taken.....only a few minor additions more....such as radiator shell and parachute. Also had a GMC 671 blower that could be added to make it run in the AA/A class. Sure do miss those days......although the sale of it financed the first three four-color prints of my work....so I guess it turned out for the best. Until 

this day I still don't remember why I sold it other than to concentrate on my art more.....I built the car from the ground up and it did take almost all of my time in those years.



These are the work horses of Janice and Rose's dad, Tim. He had them hitched under the Maple tree on our last visit there. Under the tree in the shade lies their German shepard dog, King. Wouldn't be surprised if this don't turn into a watercolor in the near future.! The Menonites take great care of their farm aninmals, starting young like Janice and Rose. These particular horses are beautiful!



The scrapbook pages are filling up, so we continue with Scrap Book III. I have been going through my sketch pads and finding drawings of past and future works, so I'll be adding a few of those when and as we come upon them along with the other photos of people and places and things we've met along the way.

    I couldn't think of a better way to open the new page than with a photo of my father looking over the fields back in the early 1980's. He was a great inspiration and a crucial part of my art career. I think I took this photo with my first 35 mm camera. This is actually the field where I painted "Coolrock"......from the field looking in the direction of where we are standing. My dad is where we got our artistic ablility....as my brother also has great drawing skills. In the next photo is the only drawing I have that my dad did......a sketch of an eagle. He showed that to me when I was painting on "The Veteran". he did one of an old cartoon but I have been unable to locate it.



This is the only sketch I have that my dad did.....I think of an eagle. I was pretty impressed when he showed it to me back in 1987. I just rediscovered it a few weeks ago and decided to put it on the site.



Janice and I at her home in Kentucky. She just sold me a watermelon and some okra. It was about 101 degrees this day and the first time I had seen either of them without their traditional bonnet on.....yet there was a good breeze on top of the ridge where they live. It's always a treat visiting them. Photos taken 8/3/2011



Janice and Rose laying in the grass next to their produce stand. Never a dull moment while visiting these two sisters. Everytime we visit, there is always someone bringing them something....This day a car drove up with two elderly ladies saying.."where are those girls? we bought them some candy ." Everyone knows Janice and Rose. Photos taken 8/3/2011  



How time flies! Anne Marie (left) whom I painted when she was twelve, was Rose Ellen's first grade teacher this past school year.       



We like to feature from time to time the paintings and how they are framed hanging on the walls of the owners. This is "September Harvest" owned by Janet and Mac McCluskey Mac and Janet also own "Open on Sunday" (below) and several more paintings and studies including "Sam's Creek" and "Blackeyed Susans" which are on the website.



Mac had special cross-lighting installed to compliment this painting. Janet and Mac are great collectors and friends as well. The good thing about being friends with the collectors that own your art is that you get to visit and see the paintings plus have a great cup of coffee and conversation. Mac has the best coffee in town!



I never met Tanya personally, but she does have some of my early prints and did inform me that her daughter, Presley, about five then, had "The Veteran" hanging in her room. It was her favorite painting.



 Rance Hood was one of the many great artist I've met along the way. He had a booth next to me at "The Colors Of The Heartland" show in St. Paul, Minnesota back in 1986. It was a benefit show for Farm-Aid. We spent a week during the show. He was one of the featured artist, along with Ted Blaylock....great artist. Rance is still painting.



New photos of the Gallery since we have replaced the old flowers with new ones. It was hard to replace the old rose bushes and Irises that had been there for so many years, but it their root system had just about played out and it was time to freshen the look up. photos taken 8/24/2011