The view is atop the hill on the south side of Peru. The Cole Porter House is just off center to the lower right. The water tower, the Court House and St. Charles Church can be seen from this vantage point also. The street I am looking from is the oldest street in town and is paved with brick pavers. I've stood on this hill hundreds of times and painted this view as many as twenty times with a different focus each time. Today it was Cole Porter.
Born in 1891 to Samuel and Kate (Cole) Porter, Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana, and spent the first ten years of his life at 17-19 South Huntington Street. Here, Cole began his career as an unparalleled composer and lyricist, composing several of his early songs, including "The Bob-O-Link...
Charlie Spear was born in 1948 in the Midwest. The era of Modern Art was in full swing with the Sixties generating an artistic smorgasbord of art styles and new media. Much of his early career was spent learning about art through teaching art. His imagery grew out of early television and graphic media. Spear paints both as a landscape painter and an abstractionist which characterizes his ecclectic tendencies. Philip Guston has had an influence on his art of recent. Exploring the art media's physical qualities is an important element in his style coupled with an atavistic love of an expressionistic drawing style. The result is a charged surface of automatic line energy and raw cartoon color expressionism.
His work is a reflection of...
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