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
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
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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.
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.
The Olde Log Cabin on Casselman Run
Built in the 1840s this structure was used as a post office during the American Civil War.
A view of the Alexander Campbell barn, from the home of his son.
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.
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.
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.
Painting in Europe with David John Mega
Cosmology of Creations
Auto Art Construction
Bronze Casting Procedure
Brooke Veterans Memorial Park
The Sherry Salon