Maria Cherry Gallery - Scrap Book Photos I
Maria Cherry Gallery - Company Message
              From time to time we will be adding photos of some of the people and places
            we've met along this artistic journey.  It will indeed be a scrapbook from the
            early years until now and will updated regulary.   The photos will just be
            random photos and in no certain sequence or time table......but meaningful
           in helping to understand where some of the subjects and subject matter
           in the paintings come most every painting has a  time and place
           and a  reason for being..........stay tuned!
                         Me relaxing and taking a break while painting on the egg tempra
                          "Lost InThe Blues" at our gallery in Charlotte,  Tn.   It was eight
                            months from start to of my larger tempras ...image size
                           being  48 in x 48 in...... 6 ft by 6 ft framed.
                                                       Outside the H. R. Lovell Gallery   2/2/2011
                               California Jack sitting on the porch of the gallery in his favorite
                          rocker.  Jack has been a fixture at the gallery since we've been there
                                 in 1998.   Anything we need, Jack can either make it or find it.  His
                                family moved to California during the great depression.....he still has
                                lots of family there.  His wife Donna was one of my first art students.
                                    Inside the gallery in the afternoon.  "Lost in The Blues" and
                            "Allen House"  hang in the background on loan from the
                             Horner Collection.          
                           Olivia making some adjustments on my face with my new fan-tail brush.
                              Olivia with two of her latest creations  shrinkwrapped and ready
                         to be framed.   On this piece she used the splatter technique which
                                I use a lot.  When asked how she learned this..........She replied, " I saw
                                 you do it".   She's learning all the tricks of the trade....gonna be quiet
                                an artist.  I'll have to stay on my toes to stay ahead of her at the rate
                                 she's learning!
                                      A shot from inside the gallery window.......downtown Charlotte
                                   Shadows from the afternoon sun coming through the gallery.
                        Another  photo inside the gallery  with "Allen House"  (from the Horner
                          Collection) and "Lost In The Blues"   hanging in the background.
                                        Looking  inside through the gallery window at night.
                                               "Red, White and Blue"   from the Horner collection
                                     sitting in the gallery floor awaiting to be reframed.
                                                 It was one of my first egg tempras...measuring  5ft long.
                                    This was my dearest friend Harry Horner who passed away just a few
                          years ago.  He owned the largest collection of my original
                                     works.....around 41 in all  including studies and pencil drawings.
                                     A lot of them being  featured on this site.  The colletion now
                                     belongs to his son Quinton and daughter, Jenny.....both great
                                    friends.   Harry's wisdom was unequaled....always offering advice
                                    if I needed it.   He would often stop by my studio at home where I
                                   painted before opening the gallery in see what
                                    I was painting on.  He was always a little irritated that my coffee
                                   pot didn't always keep the coffee as warm as he liked  one
                                    day he came in  with a new state of the art coffee pot and about
                                    one ton of coffee saying....."now when I come by we'll have hot
                                     coffee".   When we had an opening or show at the gallery, he would
                                     always cater the excellent cook as well as engineer.
                                     Maria and I miss him dearly.  What a great man and friend.
                                 Our friend Ryan Stack who played two years with the Cleveland
                          Cavaliers in the NBA.......later went on and played over seas finishing
                                   his career playing for the Greek national team.   Ryan is 7ft tall and
                                   played his college ball at University of South Carolina where he
                                  was on the 1997 SEC championship team.  He comes from a long
                                   line of basketball pllayers.   I played with his dad and uncles back in
                                   my younger days.  His mother , too, was an allstar player.   I did the
                                  "Johnston Bros. Ranch " painting for him........which is on the site.
                                    It was for his grandfather who owned the ranch in Texas.   I also did
                                    a painting of him in his playing days at South Carolina called
                                    "The Stack Attack"  which is not on the site but hangs at a local
                                    high school in the art department.
                                    Mario Pasin standing in front of the painting, "Traditions" which
                             hangs in the lobby of the Radio Flyer Company in Chicago, Ill.
                                     I did the pai nting in 1993.  Mario was CEO and owner of the
                                    the company, along with his brother Antonio Pasin.  Their dad
                                    started the company back in the early 1920"s.   Now the oldest
                                    toy company in the U.S. is run by his son Robert.   Mario is still
                                     associated with the company in the copyright department.  He
                                    saw a painting I did called "Best Friends"  which had a Radio
                                     Flyer wagon in it.........contacted me about the purchase of it, but
                                      it had already been sold.  So we decided on an updated version
                                     using the most popular wagon, the model  20 , in it and since the
                                     little red coaster wagon is an American tradition,  I named the
                                     painting "Traditions".   Mario told me that his dad would have
                                     really been proud of this painting as it represented everything that
                                    his company stood for.  I have  a personally signed model 20 by Mario
                                    that I'm really proud of............the only one that he ever signed.  I
                                     still talk to him often.
                                    Willy Speight and I standing in front of the original painting
                                      "Washington Blue".   Maria and  Willy  came up with the idea
                                       of framing it with old car and truck parts including parts of
                                       my dad's old A-model (tail light and cowl light).  Willy  executed
                                      the idea into reality with perfection as he always does.   Quite
                                       a unique frame as I've never seen anything like it.
                                              The frame as it was being made.....shown here as the
                                  truck running boards which make up the outer frame
                                    are being painted.
                                      Photo of "Washington Blue"  hanging at the gallery during the
                           opening show for it.......complete with Texaco gas pump.
                        Top photo of my dad and his old A-model run-about which
                           I still drive around the farm dad bought it new in
                                  1931 and kept it all those time eventually took it's
                                  tole on it,  dad converted it into a truck run-about.  The cowl
                                 light and tail light were used in the framing of "Washington Blue".
                                 I think dad would be proud that I put them to good use.  I lost
                                 the left cowl light somewhere on the farm.....probably hit a bush
                                 or tree limb......I never found it.
                                       A photo of the giclee' reproduction  "The Shining"  framed
                                      with lots of chrome diamond plate and hex head bolts........
                                       complete with an original Harley Davidson emblem.
                                     A photo of Willy's classic limousine.....a 1964 Olds sitting in
                                     front of the H.R. Lovell  Gallery in Charlotte ,Tn.  In the
                                     background you can see the old jail built in 1834  featured in the
                                     paintings "South Over Charlotte"  and "Full Moon Over
                               This is an old photo taken in the late 1800's or early 1900's on the
                                 square in Charlotte.   If you look closely in the background you can
                                 see our gallery,  at that time,  the Mallory and Leech Hardware
                                 store.   You can see it as it looks  now in the photo above with the
                                 limo.   Historic Chartlotte, Tn  really has not changed that much
                                 although the road around the square is much better now!
                                      I found this detail photo of "Plumeria Sun"  as it was being
                             painted.  Gives a person a good sense of the detail involved
                                    in some paintings.  As you can see, some of the flowers
                                     are unfinished as well as the basket handle shadow.  I spent
                                    one month painting on the basket and flowers alone.            
                                                                                   R.C.  Gorman
                                                     The thiry years of paintings on this site would
                                                      not have been possible without the help and
                                                      encouragement of  my longtime friend and artist
                                                      R. C. Gorman.   I was a Tennessee farmer and
                                                      newcomer to the world of art.......having painted
                                                      all of six paintings over a two year period.  These
                                                      two years spent trying to figure out how to paint
                                                      with watercolor.   In 1980 through a childhood
                                                      friend who had purchased my second painting and
                                                      showed it to Gorman..........I recieved a call inviting
                                                      me to bring my work and show with him at his gallery
                                                     The Navajo Gallery in Old Town  Albuquerque.
                                                       Not knowing him or anything about art other than
                                                      had just been on the NBC Today show.....I loaded
                                                      my six paintings up in my car and headed west.  It was
                                                      the beginning of my career, my first show.  We hit it
                                                       off immediately and I sold all six paintings.  I will never
                                                      forget the friendship and encouragement he gave me
                                                     through the years.  I visited and stayed with him again
                                                     in 1996  again at his home in Taos, New Mexico.  We
                                                     remained in contact until his death in 2005.   He always
                                                     believed in me and I'm sure he would be proud of this
                                                     website and my dedication to my art.  Many thanks, R.C.
                                              State Senator Doug Jackson and I standing in
                                    front of the painting "The Veteran",  at our gallery
                                               in Charlotte, Tn.
                                                                  Moses sitting in his swing at his
                                                  home in Petersburg, Tn.
                                                          Moses  in deep thought as we talked on
                                           his front porch.   April of 1987.  I finished
                                                          the painting in April of 1988.
                                      Mariah  on the beach in Florida.......holding up the sun.  This
                               is on the same day and beach where I painted the egg tempra
                                       "Mariah"  which is on the site.  I think one of my best if not the
                                        best painting I've ever done.  I wanted to capture her serene
                                       mood  in the painting and I think I did that.   This is Mariah.
                                  Mariah on vaction in Europe.  Her hair always seems to catch
                            the in the painting "Mariah"
                                      This is the last photo taken of Buddy Holly at the Surf
                                       Ballroom in Clearlake, Iowa.   My friend Tommy Alsup
                                        (playing guitar in background) was one of the original members
                                        of the Crickets.  He also played with the other bands that
                                         night..........Ritchie Valens, Dion and the Belmonts and J. P
                                         Richardson  (the big bopper).   A lady who was a teenager
                                        at the time took the pictures but did not find the undeveloped
                                         film until 2002 when she took the film to be developed not
                                         knowing what was on them.  Since Tommy is one of the last
                                         living members of the Crickets,  she thought that he should
                                         have them.   There are also photos of the other bands that
                                          played that night.  Tommy gave me these copies as he had
                                          just used the image of my "By The Book"  painting on his
                                        CD cover of "Tommy Alsups Gospel Instrumental"  album.
                                        Another friend of ours, Ken Harvey, had a career change in
                                        the next few days.  He and some other musicians formed a
                                         band to complete the tour in place of Buddy Holly  who
                                          was killed in the plane crash  along with Dion, Ritchie Valens
                                          and J. P. Richardson.   That band would be Bobby  Vee
                                          and the Shadows.   Ken lives in Charlotte and is a regular
                                           visitor to the gallery where we drink coffee and  talk rock
                                            and roll trivia.   He's a wealth of knowledge on that subject.
                                       My dear friend and long time collector of my work, Mr. Jones
                             standing in  front of Janice and Rose......two of his approximate
                                       twenty seven original works of mine.  His collection spans the
                                       full thirty three years of my career. 
                                              Olivia and I getting some work done at the gallery.
                                                   Janice with her big smile at her home in Kentucky
                                      The crew....Janice, Olivia, Rose and Noah on the farm having
                               fun on the wagon pulled by Star, their little pony.
                                       This is Helena, Janice and Rose's mom  on their porch
                              slicing peaches with Maria's oldest son Gabriel (on the
                                          glider)   Noah...Maria's second oldest looking on.
                                           Rose Ellen and Noah sitting on Rose's horse (not seen
                                in the photo)
                                              Rose on her horse, Star , riding on their farm  near
                                 Scottsville,  Kentucky.  Rose does all the hookups
                                                to the wagon and puts the saddle on by herself.
                                                 Janice, Olivia and Rose in their little pony driven
                                     wagon on their  farm in Kentucky.  Olivia is the
                                     daughter of Maria,  my business partner.  She is
                                                 five years old at the time of this photo.   A painting
                                                 of her is on the site titled "Olivia".   At the time of
                                      painting, Olivia was around ten months old.
                                  Janice and Rose  on the porch of their mother's candle shop
                                   playing with "King", their dog.  These are some of the photos
                                   I used in the paintings of the two sisters.  I see them often and
                                  it's always a treat and  adventure.  This  photo was taken
                          about a year ago.
                             Maria in fron of  "Abandoned In Place" at the reception at James-Ben
                      Gallery in Franklin, Tn. where the Tennessee Artist In Residence
                              ceremony took place.   Later that month Maria and I both appeared at
                              the State Senate and Legislature to be recognized....quite an honor
                              we felt.
                                       Me, record producer Don Light and his friend Rebecca 
                               at the same reception.  Don and I have been friends for
                                       a long time.  He owns several of my original paintings and
                                       also owned the wagon used in the painting "Abandoned
                                        In Place".     Don is an icon in  the country music industry.
                                      Me doing a demonstration of egg tempra to the art students
                            at the CharlotteMiddle School in Charlotte, Tn. where our
                                     Gallery is located.  The painting I was working on at the time
                                    was "Sunset Over Scottsville."   The year about 2005.
                                    This is a photo I took of Anne Marie at her produce stand 
                             near Scottsville, Kentucky.   I bought produce from her
                                     for about two years before I had courage enought to ask
                                     her if I could do a portrait of her.  I did two...a watercolor
                                      study and an egg tempra titled "Anne Marie".  She is now
                                      twenty two and a school teacher in the Menonite
                                      community.  This photo was taken about 2001.                          
                                                 Olivia at the age of four visiting a state park..
                                               Photo of Theodore sitting in his favorite spot.  This
                                    was the pose I used to paint him.   He was a fixture at
                                                this old store front.   That end of the bench always
                                                belonged to him.
                                                             Pretty intense here......The number... 2
                                                shouldn't be that hard to paint!                                                    
                               A picture of me painting the numbers on Paul Newman's
                              Can Am race car about 1967  when I was about 19 years old.
                               The car had caught on fire at Watkins Glenn race track and was
                               driven by a friend of mine, Jerry Smith.  While visiting his mom
                               who still lived near me.....they needed someone to repaint the
                               numbers on the car before going on to Road Atlanta.   Enter
                               me.....the car crazy teenager.   His brother Wayne knew I had
                              some artistic ability as I had been helping him on a commercial
                              which included cars.   I was so facinated with the aluminum big
                              block chevy engine, that I acquired one for my  dragster which
                              I started building a couple of years later.  Those were fun days.
                              I was skinny and had lots of hair........and had no idea what I was
                             going to do in life other than build dragsters and race cars.  
                      Times change.     I still love and miss drag racing to this day.
                             This is a copy of the deed Sam Houston signed to my great-great
                              grandfather, George Sugg Allen in 1826.  They gave eighteen cents
                             for eighteen acres.  The original house still stands and can be seen
                            on the site in "Allen House".  That was the way the house looked
                           when I painted it back in the early 1990's.  Mrs. Annie Lou Allen
                           was the last Allen to live there.  "Moonstrck"  was also painted there
                            in one of the upstairs rooms.  The farm is now a subdivision but the
                           original house still stands but has been remodeled and does not look
                           the same.  Below is a detail shot of Sam Houston's signature.  You
                          can see where he punched a hole in the deed with his quil pen while
                          crossing the T in Houston.  We have the original deed on display
                          at the gallery in Charlotte, Tn.
                                               This is a photo of the frame on "Washington Blue".   It is
                                                framed in car and truck parts.   The cowl light which is
                                               wired  with a halogen bulb and lights the from
                                               my dad's old A-Model which he made into a truck and drove
                                               around our farm for years.  I still drive it to this day.  It is
                                              turned on by a switch in his old tail light...which lights both
                                                of them up and also acts as a plug.   The main frame is made
                                             of truck running boards which we purchased from someone.
                                               not sure of the truck vintage but around early 1940's.   Inside
                                              each corner of the frame is a replica A-Model hubcap.  The
                                               matte itself is 20 gauge sheet metal and is painted the color
                                               of the 1931 A-Model roadster....Washington Blue.  The
                                            nameplate  consist of  the Ford nameplate from dad's old
                                               A-Model radiator.   A kind of unique frame I think.....My dad
                                              would have been proud that I put his lights to good use!
                                          Photo taken from the Doak house where I've painted
                               several paintings.....including "Ladderback", "Black Eyed
                                          Susans", and "Doak's Hallway among others.  The Doak
                                           house still stands today.  The farm adjoins my farm on the
                                           upper part of Sam's creek.  We also cut the hay on the
                                           farm.  The light and shadows are incredible there at certain
                                          times of the day.
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