The Making of: The Steeples Series

Painting a series of subjects is not unusual for artists.

Those that readily come to mind are Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent van Gogh, and Georgia O’Keeffe.  For Monet and Pissarro the series paintings they produced were often of the same place at different times of day or in different seasons.   The other two painted series’ of flowers – Van Gogh – Sunflowers; O’Keeffe – Various flowers in larger than life detail.

My series paintings began with the Steeples Series.  While searching the subject of my next painting in my photographs I realized that not only had I taken a lot of photos over the years of buildings and architectural details but I had taken numerous photographs of churches.  A lot of those included steeple shots.  I decided to put several of the steeples together in a painting (Steeples I) and have so far created nine paintings and have two more planned.  The completion of these paintings span from September 2011 through April of 2014.

For this week’s “The Making Of” I’m sharing part of the process of the painting the paintings I’ve completed in this series.  Only a part of the process is here because I was not as diligent in documenting my progress on these paintings as I have been on some others.  Some include rough sketches, others show a couple of in progress shots, while some show more of the progression.  All include the final results of each painting.  Most of the photographs were taken without the intention to publish so lighting and edges may not be as refined as the finished works photographs. (For the more inquiring minds I’ve included a list of all the churches depicted in each painting below the slide show.)

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Depicted in the paintings (from left to Right):

Steeples I:  St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, West Jefferson, NC (Church of the Frescoes); Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Glendale Springs, NC (Church of the Frescoes); Worth’s Chapel, Creston United Methodist Church, Creston, NC; Lloyd Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC which was “…formed in the 1870′s as part of a national movement by Northern missionaries to establish African-American Presbyterian churches in the South…One of the earliest religious buildings in Winston-Salem, it is Forsyth County’s only Carpenter Gothic style church…..Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.”

Steeples II – Sailor’s Delight:  Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC; Home Moravian Church in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC; Lee Chapel and Museum on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA

Steeples III:  St. Paul’s AME Church in Raleigh, NC; First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC; First Christian Church Galax VA; First Baptist Church West Jefferson, NC; St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church Proctor, VT

Steeples IV:  Old First Church, Bennington, VT; First Baptist Church Galax VA; Winston First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC; Congregation Mickve Israel, 1878 – the third oldest Jewish synagogue in the United States and the only Gothic Revival synagogue here; Unknown

Steeples V – Ashe County:   Warrensville Baptist Church, Warrensville, NC; Bristol Baptist, Jefferson, NC; Midway Baptist Church, West Jefferson, NC

Steeples VI – Avery County:  Calvary Church, Montezuma, NC; Banner Elk Christian Fellowship Church; Elk Valley Baptist Church.

Steeples VII – Watauga County:  The Christian Science Center, Blowing Rock NC; Crystal Chapel of Boone, NC; First Baptist Church of Boone, and (in the background); First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock.

Steeples VIII – Trinity:  St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church, Proctor, VT; St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC; Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church, Lexington, VA

Steeples IX – Copper, Tin and Steel:  Home Moravian Church in Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC; Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Jefferson, NC; Metro Community Church of the High Country, Boone, NC; Chapel Helton, Helton, NC; Elk Valley Baptist Church, Elk Valley, NC.


If you are interested in purchasing Steeples I click here.

If you are interested in purchasing Steeples II click here.

If you are interested in purchasing Steeples III click here.

If you are interested in purchasing Steeples IV click here.

Steepls V has been sold.

If you are interested in Steeples VI click here.

Steeples VII has been sold.

If you are interested in Steeples VIII click here.

If you are interested in Steeplex IX click here.



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