The historic courthouse was painted from an old postcard. It had burned in the late 1800’s and the top section was not replaced so it was very hard finding an original photo to work from as this piece was not replaced once it was rebuilt.
The king of the forest! Brown County is home to some of the world’s best trophy Whitetail Deer hunting. I love nature and having been born and raised in Central Illinois, painting this big guy was a true honor.
Mt. Sterling is home to DOT Foods; the nation’s largest food industry redistributor so adding one of the many semis you see EVERY day was a no-brainer. Brown County also has some of the most sought after utilitarian pottery in United States and at one time boasted hundreds of potters throughout the county. “305” = Brown County is approx 305 square miles of land.
Ahhhh nature. This foliage is so iconic to Central Illinois and is a part of anyone who has lived in Brown County. From the cone flowers, to shasta daisys, leafy undergrowth, mayapples, trillium, and (of course) those awesome morel mushrooms!!!
More iconic Midwest natural beauty!
Central Illinois = farming. No escaping it. We feed the world.
Beyond deer hunting, turkey hunting is another major perk for the area. I can’t tell you how many of these guys I saw on my commute back and forth while working here.
Brown County has a unique history of harness racing at it’s county fair and Tiger Bill was a very well known part of that. Was cool to learn about this one and have the opportunity to paint it.
OK. General Brown probably did not ever get a lemon ice cream cone at the Tastee Treat in Mt. Sterling, but if he was alive during out time, I am sure he would have.
Such an incredible honor to do this project. I loved every minute of it! FYI (they are planning on cutting that tree out and planting some low growth bushes in it’s place. I will update these photos once that is done for sure!)