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 from........as 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 finish..........one 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
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
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 Charlotte.......to 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 it......so 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 food......an 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 today......my dad bought it new in
1931 and kept it all those years.......as 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.
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 sunlight....as 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
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 painting...is 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.