Tag Archives: North Carolina

Tom and Jack

Thomas Hart Benton’s paintings of working men and women in his distinctly American landscape have always sparked an emotional reaction in me. They remind me of childhood summers spent in North Carolina tobacco country, at my maternal grandparents’ hand hewn … Continue reading

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Summer eatin’ and southern history

See these apples? You’d never buy them in the store- they look wormy, scarred with whatever diseases the poor Liberty tree got this year, and they’re blackened in places. They even have weird protusions that must have something to do … Continue reading

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To give the mundane its beautiful view

John Updike died January 27th at 76. Middle class life, 2 Pulitzers for novels and engaging short stories. His article The Writer in Winter is, if not exuberantly pro-aging, respectful of its wisdom. Luckily, painters often do their best work … Continue reading

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