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Size: 26 H x 21 W x 1 in

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Drawing: Charcoal, Ink and Black & White on Paper.

Being from the south, many of us have ties to mining and Appalachia. Though my own connection is a little further back than some, my grandad's father and great uncles worked in the mines their whole lives.

I look through these images of my ancestors and romanticize those times. I know they were very difficult, but your stresses were right in front of you. Now we go to therapy just to figure out what is making us so stressed we can't sleep.

I long for the old ideals...work hard, love your family, take care of your own, and your own includes those that are going through hard times in your community. I feel that this was the basic way of life when my parents grew up, and, with the help of reality tv, I see it changing to a much more self centered way of life now.

I'm not alone in longing for those old days. I am also not short on company in dropping my end of those ideals my ancestors held up. The world seems much more complicated now than it did in those days.

This image speaks to my idea of the simplicity and grit these men had in those days. I don't attempt to make my charcoal drawings perfect; stray marks abound, there isn't an over abundant amount of blending, and lines seek to make a story with some expression in their form.

I hope that this reminds you of the simplicity that we can have in life, and the ideals our ancestors set out for us.

Keywords: Personality, Simple, South, Vintage, Black And White , Rustic, Rural, Expression, Appalachia, Modern Farmhouse, Industrial, Neutral

Subjects: Portrait

Styles: Figurative, Fine Art, Illustration, Portraiture

Mediums: Charcoal, Ink, Black & White

Materials: Paper

Prints: Portrait Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Illustration Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Charcoal Art Prints, Ink Art Prints, Black & White Art Prints, Paper Art Prints

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