In Every Boy’s Dream by Dave Barnhouse he is recreating the best 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 physical and emotionally with those environments. Every Boy’s Dream is to grow up to be a country boy!
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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