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Far beyond America’s great cities, beyond the suburbs and the super highways, the majesty of America’s verdant countryside is still alive and well. In the country, wildflowers grow in profusion. To me, these bluebonnets, scotch broom and wild poppies symbolize the abundant blessings of Country Living; these are the tangible pleasures that surround you day in and day out where the air is pure and the sun is bright. This scene might be found any place where the hills and valleys are alive with nature’s harmony — the Texas hill country, the Smoky Mountains, the rolling Cascades, or even my native Sierra foothills.
Country Living takes us to a perfect day for celebrating nature’s goodness. The white-tailed deer and ring-necked pheasant remind us of the region’s abundant wildlife. A vintage Ford truck, inspired by the battered pick-up that was my family’s transportation growing up, stands silently beside the rustic farmhouse and the ever-present barn. This painting is for all those who long for Country Living.
- Thom has placed a total of seven N’s in Country Living in honor of his wife Nanette.
- Country Living is the first painting in a series that bears the same name.
- The setting in this painting can be interpreted as many different places – the Texas hill country, the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, or the rolling oak-covered knolls of the lower Sierras. Mostly, the landscape is of Likenbach, Texas.
- Country Living encompasses a perfect day for celebrating nature’s simplicities. Animals feel at peace in this setting and make their way into the open, adding movement to an otherwise serene moment.
- Thom believes that there is no better living than country living — where the air is pure and the sun is bright. During his visits to some of the most scenic regions of America, he has discovered that country living is alive and well. If you look for it, you’ll find majestic landscapes such as Country Living.
|Subject Location||Lukenbach, Texas|
|Collection||Country Living I|
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