To kick off the #AtoZChallenge tribute to my father, I have to talk about him being an artist, because that is so much a part of his legacy. I admit I don’t know much about how my father got involved in art, but I know he was quite the prolific painter. For his beautiful landscapes, he preferred to work in oils, but his abstracts were almost always done in acrylics. I’m going to share photos of some of his work with you today. I apologize for some of the bad shots, but it’s hard to really capture them the right way.
His preferred subject matter as far as oils were concerned were landscapes, especially trees. Maybe part of it is having grown up in a town that was named specifically for trees. He had a bunch right in his backyard and found a kind of peacefulness in them. I think I inherited that love of trees from him. He also planted several in our yard when I was a kid.
He also had a thing for old buildings and antiques. My parents often went on long Sunday drives, visiting covered bridges and barns in the tri-state area. He was always fascinated by them and their contents and found the beauty even in the ones that were falling apart. I think he also admired their history.
The abstract paintings were always fun to look at because he liked to put together colors, lines, and shapes. When I developed my own later style, I found myself doing some of the same, but in my own way. And sometimes he would blend a little real with a little abstract. They were always done in acrylics.
His least favorite thing to paint was people. He always said he could never get them right. After he passed away and we were going through the storage unit and everything, we did find a couple of them. I think he did pretty well. I would love to see a picture of the original models.
There is a distinct difference in his painting techniques from the ’70s to the 2000s. In the older days, he used larger strokes. In the newer pieces, he was more influenced by the Impressionists and did more almost pointillism and Van Gogh-esque strokes and dabs. I can’t decide which period I like best.
And one of the greatest things my father did was paint for those he loved. OK, so he did paintings for my mother as a way to woo her. He didn’t often act very romantic, per se, but I can’t think of anything more romantic than an artist creating something special and beautiful just for me.
I did have the honor of taking a class with him once. I loved sharing supplies with him and learning from him. While my style was different, he did always appreciate what I did. I will always be grateful to him for teaching me to love art and nature via his art. Some day I hope to be able to share even more of his work with you.
Catch up on my 2019 A to Z Challenge posts here.
Read my A posts about Dad from previous challenges:
A is for Artist (2012)