One afternoon, while driving to a friend’s house in Bedford, NH, I noticed this simple farm off in the distance. I was immediately drawn to how the warm sunlight hit the barn and contrasted from the cold shadows in the foreground. Since I carry my camera in my car at all times, I was able to stop and snap a few pictures. However, those few pictures were just the start of an ongoing photographic project that carried on for several years. This scene was about four miles from my studio, so it was easy to wait for the opportunity to take a beautiful photo.
Typically, at any given time, I have a handful of photographs in line to be painted. Once this perfect photograph was taken, I stored it in my archives for about a year. When I was ready to begin, I decided to stretch a smaller canvas than what I was accustomed to. My paintings in the past were growing larger and larger, so I decided to make this one unusually small for my style.
The Hardy Road Farm painting took five months to complete, and when it was finished, both my family and I felt it was one of my best. The foreground was a major challenge because of the intertwining fencing, grape vines, briars, and stonewall, but contrasted well with the weathered barn wood and rusted roof in the background. I decided to enter this painting into a national exhibit called The Oil Painters of America. It was chosen as a finalist to be displayed in the Salamagundi Gallery on Fifth Avenue in New York City. My friends and family attended the award ceremony and celebrated with me over the weekend in the city.
$80 Limited Edition Giclee print on paper. 200 signed and numbered by artist. Image size: 13.25×20
$150 Limited Edition Giclee print on stretched canvas. 100 signed and numbered by artist. Size: 16×24
$40 Matted Giclee mini print on paper. Signed by artist. Image size: 5.5×7