I am glad to have the chance to introduce myself, call me Joe, I have been called much worse.
I call myself. a localist; my paintings depict scenes close to home, although I am traveling more to find painting sights. I prefer the rustic natural scenes: old trees, mossy rocks, rivers snd creeks, and occasionally cabins, fences, and roadways. Rarely I find people of interest, like in the "swimmers at Audra Park" painting, usually I am. too shy to ask people to co-operate.
I have spent most of my life with a small family, wife and two daughters, in a remote West Virginia mountain village named Helvetia, home to a number of local Swiss customs. I still have my lovely wife, and at times the daughters. In our senior years we have moved to a larger town, Buckhannon, still close to Helvetia.
I enjoy music: play guitar with fiddlers, and mandolins, and singers. I direct an occasional choir and am active in church
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I get inspired by a number of outdoor scenes here in the mountains, near. creeks and rivers, large rocks and old trees. I like quiet, peaceful scenes not too large, but not too small
Shown in the picture above is a pallet resting on my Julian easel where I squirt paint onto. I use oil paints, professional grades. I am fond of Daniel Smith, but also use Winsor-Newton, Gamblin, and others.. I love good brushes, now using American Journey, an imitation of bristle. I like to start out thin and light and finish thick and heavy especially on the lighter values.
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