farm-themed paintings for clients
lifestyle is reflected
in many of his landscape scenes
Helen E. McKinney
(January 2012) In his quiet, unassuming manner,
Ronald DeVore has touched many with his farm-themed paintings. He paints
what he enjoys seeing, hoping others will share his delight in old barns.
courtesy of Robbyn Wainscott
age 70, Ronald DeVore
has painted all of his life.
DeVore takes pleasure in creating paintings of these relics
of the past. But these arent just any random barns. Many are barns
located on the Owen County Quilt Trail.
I like painting barns, said DeVore, 70. His wife, Shannon,
accompanies him and takes digital pictures from which he paints acrylic
scenes on canvas.
He first came across a brochure and map telling about the barns and
thought it would be fun to get out and paint a few, he said.
The Quilt Trail began as a project of Owen County Vision
20/20, in which Owen County Extension staff worked with 5th
Year Landscape Architecture students at the University of Kentucky,
College of Agriculture to achieve the countys landscape master
land-use plans to site-specific projects, such as the Quilt Trail. The
trail covers more than 150 square miles.
Planned and implemented by the Owen County Cooperative Extension Homemakers,
the Quilt Trail is a way to help promote tourism within the county.
It takes approximately six or more hours to drive through the county
and visit each barn-quilt site.
DeVore has painted 35 of the barns with their accompanying quilts that
are sprinkled throughout the county. Many people have bought them
for Christmas presents, he said of the works that can be framed.
Originally from Frankfort, DeVore moved to Perry Park, 15 miles outside
of Carrollton, when he retired from factory work. It is there that he
met fellow barn artist, Ann Carter, who has painted many barns no longer
standing in Oldham County.
We get together and talk art, he said of their friendship.
Carter complimented him, saying, He does beautiful work.
Carter has earned her own reputation over the years as The Barn
Painter of Oldham County.
DeVore, a self-taught artist, tends to focus on some aspect of farm
life in his artwork. For the last 25 years, he has been commissioned
in the winter months to work for All-Star Dairy. He paints three pictures
that are awarded to dairy companies. These works hang all over
the U.S., he said.
This job came about when he ran into a gentleman at a July 4 sidewalk
art sale in Lexington, Ky. The man had already bought four to
five paintings of mine and asked if Id be interested in doing
the paintings for All-Star Dairy.
Though most of his works are in pastel and acrylic because the result
is faster, DeVore has also worked in oil, pencil and watercolor. Painting
is something Ive done all my life, he said.
He has recently begun displaying his work at art shows at the Carroll
County Public Library and many shows in eastern Kentucky, some held
at state parks.
For more information about Ronald DeVores
artwork, contact him at (502) 484-5807. For more information on the
Owen County Quilt Trail project, please visit www.OwenCountyQuiltTrail.com.
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