I'm sure there is an authentic Autumn Valley somewhere in existence but the one I'm talking about was created from acrylic paint, canvas and a little imagination. Actually the inspiration for my painting "House on Harvest Hill" came from a trip my girlfriend and I had taken to North Carolina in mid 2018. Up until that point the most I had ever seen of North Carolina was when I would pass through briefly on a trip going up north and than once again coming back down south. When deciding on a place to stay we settled on a little town called Marshall (aka Autumn Valley). Neither one of us had ever heard of Marshall before but it was an advertisement for a scenic vacation rental home that caught our attention. We arrived at the house and were pleasantly surprised to find that not only did the home and surrounding area meet our expectations but far surpassed them! I think from day one this painting began to formulate in my mind. There were no obstructions, instead there was nature, wildlife, a lot of trees and most importantly, QUIET! The first thing I noticed while sitting on the back porch was that the normal sounds I was used to at 7 am (garbage trucks, car horns, emergency vehicle sirens, etc.), were replaced with a serenade of birds, wild turkey, frogs and many other woodland critters. The view was simply breathtaking, the mountains, tall trees, beautiful flowers, bright blue sky with snow white puffy clouds, it was enough to put a tear in Bob Ross's eye. Every day piece by piece this painting was coming together in my mind. Even though is was the beginning of summer I imagined how beautiful this would all be in autumn. I took all the visual and auditory stimuli I was experiencing, used a little artistic license, and the end result is "House on Harvest Hill". This painting has become one of my personal favorites, I think because it tells a story, one that I would like to share....Enjoy!