Standing in Monticello’s Entrance Hall transported me into Stephen Ambrose’s book, Undaunted Courage. Artifacts from the Lewis and Clark Expedition – Indian headdresses and weapons to fossils and animal mounts – surrounded us. Jefferson was an amazing visionary, which is evident in his belief in the people of the United States.
My painting, Jefferson’s Monticello, features the west front of the house from across a small fish pond. The reference photo was shot from a kneeling, almost prone position giving the impression that the pond is much bigger than it really is. Many of the monuments in my work are painted from this low vantage point making them appear larger than life. I “lighted” some oil lamps to create the scene as it might have looked 200 years ago. Jefferson arose early in the morning and would write for hours before mounting his horse to inspect his gardens and farms. – Rod Chase
20x33 SN 395 $450 Unframed or $680 Framed 20x33 AP 40 $550 Unframed or $780 Framed 24x40 SN 150 $850 Unframed or $1170 Framed 24x40 AP 15 $950 Unframed or $1270 Framed 30x50 SN 25 $1600 Unframed or $2150 Framed 10x15 OE $90