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The Art of Dave Barnhouse
"For some, the best part of the State Fair is the tractor pull that's based on good-natured rivalry between those brand loyal to John Deere or Farmall. Those two competitors once again re-enact the contests staged in 'Bragging Rights' and 'The Rematch.' Now, in 'For Top Honors,' Dave Barnhouse has again drawn the line in the dirt. When this event is over, the winner can stand tall ... at least until the next time he's challenged."
" Collectors tell me they often put themselves in my art. It's a way we all can relive some of the happiest moments of our youth."
Dave Barnhouse recreates the best of times in his definition of rural and small town America. His portraits are glimpses of life the way he remembers it from his childhood. Barnhouse is a self-described "country boy" from Richmond, Ohio who grew up in small towns and connects physically and emotionally with those environments.
Barnhouse's work captures the Americana genre, as he works with illumination and adds a nostalgic touch to give viewers the feeling they are actually present and part of the painting."
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