Tuesday, March 25, 2014


8"x10" Oil on Panel
with Palette Knife

This is another plein air painting I did with The Chestnut Group. A portion of the group’s sales are donated to the preservation of fragile local environments and historical properties. It is for an upcoming show benefiting The Battle of Franklin Trust.

This red building survived the Battle of Franklin that occurred on November 30, 1864. The building served as the farm office for the Carter family when their property became ground zero for what became one of the bloodiest nights of the Civil War. Riddled with bullet holes, this little wooden structure is currently the most battle-damaged, free-standing building in the country. Today, you can walk up and put your fingers into the building's many holes. It is a great testament to the violence of that fateful day, 150 years ago. It is also speaks to the resilience of a family and a community to survive the toughest conditions, but not without bearing some scars.

If you are in the area, come and see the show and meet the wonderful and very talented Chestunts.

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