This weekend is the Bucks County Audubon's Art of the Barn exhibit. I am thrilled to be a part of this event, my second year. It is the perfect match - an exhibit of old barns, fellow barn and art enthusiasts and a chance to display my paintings (of barns, of course!).
My love of barns was instilled by my father. He had a passion for Bucks County and all things old., especially old barns. Sunday afternoon drives were my family's entertainment. A struggling school teacher with a wife and three kids didn't leave extra money for movies or shopping. Instead, we piled into the car in search of new roads (or old favorites) with stops along the way to admire old barns and farms. I would take along my sketchbook and make little drawings or just take it all in creating a painting in my mind. The jaunt was never complete without a stop for an ice cream cone.
In the 80's my father's lifelong dream to own a barn became a reality. My siblings thought they'd lost their minds. The called me (I was in Seattle going to art school) and they told me to come home and talk them out of this crazy farm purchase. I came home to visit them at their "new" farm... it was an enormous project in its dilapidated state. But there was my dad, his bright eyes shining and a grin as wide as the "to-do list" --He couldn't wait to show me the barn.
My parents are both gone, but I still love taking off in my car in search of great barns. With my easel and paints in the back seat I am always ready to pull off, park and paint. I can hear my dad saying "Look at that one Jane, now that's a real beauty."
Yes Dad, it is.
I grew up along the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA. My earliest memories are of drawing outside with my sketchbook and it evolved into plein air painting with watercolors. I love capturing scenes that inspire me - many I find along my everyday travels in and around Bucks County.