A Visit From The Rich Uncle

A Visit From The Rich Uncle

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Old Barn

The Alexander Campbell Barn

Cabin

The Olde Log Cabin on Casselman Run

Gorby's View

Gorby's View

Elkins Barn

The Round Barn at Elkins

Mannington Barn

The Round Barn at Mannington

blackwater

Bather of the Blackwater


A Visit From The Rich Uncle

A Visit From The Rich Uncle

 It is spring time in Appalachia. To the solidly built, colorful abode of the country nephew arrives the city dwelling, affluent rich uncle. Is it the late 1950's when the Cloud I Rolls Royce was new? Or is the uncle a collector of fine vintage automobiles?

This painting by David John Mega of the 'mountain state' of West Virginia, USA transcends the label of a period piece by an interplay of recognizable archetype imagery to create a mood of intellectual whimsy.

The charm brought forth by the concept is not overwrought but rather enhanced by the artistic style and use of color in rendering the objective elements in the composition. The pastel-like, almost monochromatic coloring brings a spring time harmony to the painting. The bright red rose against the white window tends to accent the subtle pinks as the blues and greens interplay throughout the work to create a unity which is almost hypnotic in nature.

Although the painting is rendered in minute detail, every brick in the building can be counted, every leaf and blade of grass can be seen, this work is not intended to be based in realism, it instead transcends that genre and becomes surreal in the eyes of the astute beholder.


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Images of Appalachia

  This series of paintings Images of Appalachia is a personal journey in which the artist is not just revisiting his past but traveling through the life and times of an entire region and revisiting a way of life that has all but disappeared in the modern, technocratic global society of today.




Old Barn

The Alexander Campbell Barn

  Built by Alexander Campbell founder of the Disciples of Christ, on his farm in Bethany West Virginia, the barn was a state of the art design which endured into the 1970s.



Cabin

The Olde Log Cabin on Casselman Run

  Built in the 1840s this structure was used as a post office during the American Civil War.



Gorby's View

Gorby's View

  A view of the Alexander Campbell barn, from the home of his son.



Elkin's Barn

The Round Barn at Elkins

  Built sometime between 1900 and 1911 by a dairy farmer, this round barn in Randolph County was built for thrift and ingenuity which required less timber and labor. It also created extra hay storage space and was well ventilated and resisted wind damage. In 1977 only five rounds barns were left in West Virginia.



Mannington Barn

The Round Barn at Mannington

  Constructed in 1911 by Amos Hamilton this barn was restored by the West Augusta Historical Society and is used as a cultural center for the community in Marion County West Virginia.



blackwater

Bather of the Blackwater

  Blackwater Falls in the mountainous central region of what is now West Virginia, was a neutral sacred hunting ground for various Native American tribes.



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