Dave Barnhouse Artist
Growing up in small towns in Ohio, Dave Barnhouse has never forgotten the values learned in his youth. His art, prints and posters of Friday night cruising, tractor pulls and main street businesses remind us of simpler days in our past. Dave Barnhouse captures every detail in his softly lit scenes. And, whatever the subject may be, Barnhouse takes us on a short journey "home". Dave Barnhouse is a self-described "country boy" from Richmond, Ohio who grew up in small towns and has no intention of leaving that environment either physically or emotionally. "I want my art to make people feel as if they were back home on a Friday evening, so they can experience the warmth of a cozy fire and smell the homemade bread and cookies coming from the oven," he says.Dave Barnhouse recreates the best of times in his definition of rural and small-town America. His paintings are snap shots of life the way he remembers it from the 1950`s and 60`s. "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," says Dave.
Today Dave works mostly with oil paints. But, as soon as he could hold a pencil, the artist started expressing his artistic talents. One of his first drawings was a threshing machine on his grandfather`s farm in Ohio. "He drew all the little details," remembers his mother, who encouraged her son to pursue his art.Most of Dave Barnhouse`s work has settled into the Americana genre, as he constantly works with illumination and adds a nostalgic touch to make viewers feel they are actually present and part of the painting. The subject matters that interest him range from western images and Native- American scenes, to farmsteads, tractors, classic cars, motorcycles, old trains, and nostalgic scenes in small-town America.
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