I get asked almost daily "what is your favorite painting of all you've done?' That's really hard as I tend to look at them a lot by technical achievement. I guess at some point they all are at the time I'm painting them....but here goes in probably in order...."The Veteran" I think it's him more than the painting of him that makes him favorite to most people....it just seems to always be the most talked about and it's the first painting I spent a complete year on. Then "Mariah" although in a lot of ways it's my favorite and maybe my best....don't know if I can paint any better than that. "Waiting For Tomorrow" love the lighting and the shear difficulty it was in painting it....by far the hardest painting I've ever done but it was worth it just knowing I could achieve it....it was fourteen months in the making.
"Maria" is next.....as I stated on the site, it was the last painting my father saw. He was so instrumental in letting me paint when I probably should have been doing farm work...also it was in this boat that he used to cross the Cumberland river to get mail in Ashland City before bridges. I think it is the most calm and soothing painting I've ever done....moonlight has that effect. Of course "Abandoned In Place" would fall in there because of the size and time it took for that tempra. 5ft by 4ft and twelve months in the making. ....next, "The Violing of James Rudolph Lovell" probably the most technically perfect painting of any I've done......some paintings just go together....light, lines and color all seemed to work in this one...plus it was my grandad's fiddle..or violin. Those are some of my favorites but really could say that about all of them but some tend to have more appeal than others....really hard to decide....now the painting "Sam's Creek" just popped into my mind....really simple but one of my favorite watercolors..........better stop now before I go back and start changing them!