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Coal Miner’s Daughter Painting

David Haley

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 30 W x 30 H x 1 D in

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A study of Appalachia near poverty. I am very proud to say “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was just selected and published on the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) and the National Gallery of Art Museum (Washington DC) websites! The artwork showcases a young girl dressed in a light blue dress, seated on a simple wooden bench. The setting is indoors, with the girl depicted in a posture of contemplation or melancholy. Her head is bowed, and her arms rest on her knees, creating a posture that conveys a sense of solitude or introspection. The background features a rough, textured wall and a fireplace, with a small flame visible, suggesting warmth in a modest setting. The lighting in the artwork is subtle yet effective, causing gentle shadows and highlights on the girl's dress, which adds depth and a sense of realism. The artist has skillfully employed chiaroscuro to emphasize the emotional weight of the scene, drawing the viewer's attention to the girl's figure and her pensive posture. This technique enhances the overall mood, creating an intimate and poignant atmosphere. The texture of the walls and the realistic rendering of the wooden bench contributes to the rustic, homely feel of the piece, which contrasts with the girl's apparent sadness or deep thought. The choice of using a limited color palette, primarily earthy tones interspersed with the cooler shade of the dress, reinforces the simplicity and somber mood of the composition. The small, yellowish flame in the fireplace is a subtle yet powerful element, perhaps symbolizing a flicker of hope or warmth amidst the girl's solitude. One particularly compelling aspect is the way the light plays on the girl's dress, casting delicate shadows that suggest a careful study of light and form.

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:30 W x 30 H x 1 D in

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Haley is a self-taught, award-winning artist. He developed an interest in painting when his mother gave him a "Paint by Numbers" painting set as a child. He has worked in healthcare all of his life and presently is retired and lives in Parkland, Florida. His last position was Chief Operating Officer at the largest hospice in Indiana. This end-of-life work has contributed to his forming a unique outlook on life and how he views the world, which has undoubtedly influenced his artistic creations. His art style has wide appeal and ranges from abstract to realism. His paintings are found hanging in many private collections across the United States. He has won a number of national and international juried art competitions. His painting “After The Storm” won First Place in the 2024 Art Collectors Choice Awards conducted by American Art Awards. The competition named him in the “WORLD’S BEST ART BRUT/TORMENT ARTISTS”. 62 countries competed and entries were scored by 20 international art collectors. David Haley was also named in the “BEST ARTISTS OF 2024” by the Art Collectors Choice Awards. “After The Storm” also won Second Place in the 2024 World Art Awards where David Haley was named as one of the “WORLD’S BEST ACRYLIC PAINTERS”. This painting, along with his painting “Twilight On The Prairie”, were named in the “BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTWORKS IN THE USA/2024”. His painting, “I’ve Got Your Back”, took Second Place in the 2024 Art Collectors Choice Awards conducted by the American Art Awards. Haley was named in the “WORLD’S BEST ACRYLIC-FIGURE ARTISTS”. His painting, “Yellow Aura”, won Third Place in the Impressionism-Animal Category in the international competition conducted by the 2023 American Art Awards, which is arguably the most prestigious international online art competition. Artists from 72 countries competed and the competition was juried by the top 20 galleries in the United States. This winning artwork was named in the “BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTWORKS IN THE WORLD/2023”. His painting, “Thirst For Freedom” won Fifth Place in the Acrylic-Figure Category of the 2022 American Art Awards and was named one of the “240 BEST CONTEMPORARY ARTWORKS IN THE USA/2022”.

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